In late summer, Shelter House, in Thunder Bay, Ontario, saw an increased use of services by homeless individuals. The Executive Director, Patty Hajdu, thought ahead to the chilling temperatures that winter would likely bring. If the shelter’s 62 beds were filled in warmer months, what would be the demand for shelter when the cold weather set in?
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) affects more than 5,000 individuals in Simcoe County. FASD is an invisible physical disability with behavioural symptoms. Individuals with FASD often have health issues and special needs that require ongoing support. When support is not available, people can face challenges related to mental and physical health, addiction, education, employment, and involvement with the justice system.
The Paula Goering Collaborative Research and Knowledge Translation Award recognizes an innovative researcher-decision-maker collaborative research project for Integrated Knowledge Translation in the area of mental health and addictions.
Tangerine Walk-In Counselling Services is doing something special: providing more services and reducing wait time for children and youth up to the age of 18. (The Brampton location serves youth up to age 21.) What’s more, their caregivers, looking for mental health services in Peel region, are also getting support.
How can recreation and leisure pursuits help people with mental illness live full and engaged lives? Lauren Torok is exploring the role of leisure in the lives of individuals with mental illnesses. Her ultimate goal is to create a strengths-based therapeutic recreation treatment program.
The 2011–2012 annual report, Correctional Investigator of Canada showed that 36% of federal offenders needed psychiatric or psychological support. It also showed that 45% of male inmates and 69% of female inmates were hospitalized for a mental health issue. This overrepresentation of people with mental illness in the criminal justice system is often referred to as the “criminalization” of mental illness.
What does juggling and unicycling have to do with improving self-esteem and disruptive behaviour? Jack Martin and Rooke Pitura of William Creighton Youth Services in Kenora made the connection when they attended a spring break Circus and Magic Partnership (C.A.M.P.) program for inner city kids in Winnipeg in 2004. What they saw left them speechless and committed to bringing the program 200 miles East to Kenora, Ontario.
Family caregivers – those who care for adult family members living with mental illness – who receive the support they need can make a big difference in the life of their ill relative. Adequate support can help alleviate some of the stressors that often come with caring for an ill adult relative. When such supports are not there, it can jeopardize both their capacity to provide care and the caregivers own health and well-being. The unpaid care and support they provide is a major contribution to the health and social service system, and would cost considerably if it had to be replaced with paid formal services.
Children with behaviour problems at an early age can end up having risky behaviour and being involved with the criminal justice system later in life. Early treatment can help prevent long-term problems, but it can be difficult to put effective programs in place in community settings. This is especially the case in high-risk communities.
Community Foundations of Canada conducts a national study every year to look at the quality of life of Canadians. In 2012, the study looked specifically at youth. For this study, the foundation collected research from many sources to provide a picture of youths’ quality of life. This report presents a picture of health, well-being, and employment issues facing youth in Canada.