Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people report poorer mental health outcomes than do heterosexual, non-trans people. But little is known about their experiences with mental health services.
Momentum is building to promote mental health in Ontario, including efforts to improve treatment options and services for children and youth with mental health concerns. The core business of public health covers illness prevention and health promotion. But the role of public health in mental health is not clear.
Parental monitoring is considered to be important to help reduce depressive symptoms in teenagers. But recently, it’s been found that researchers have been assessing parental knowledge, rather than parental monitoring, to find out what role parenting plays in depression among teens.
There is a lack of Canadian studies on the mental health of newcomer youth. To remedy this, researchers asked newcomer youth living in four areas of Toronto about the economic and social conditions that shape their mental health.
The needs of women with substance use issues who are pregnant or parenting are not being met by traditional addiction services. Aboriginal mothers are up against even more challenges.
There is a lack of Canadian research on the mental health of newcomer youth. To fill this gap, researchers undertook a study that looked at the social determinants of newcomer youth mental health. They conducted a survey and focus groups with youth living in four areas of Toronto to better understand the economic and social conditions that shape their mental health.
How does a community health centre meet the health care needs of racialized women from diverse backgrounds? If you ask Notisha Massaquoi, Executive Director of Women’s Health in Women’s Hands (WHWH), it’s by playing a balancing act. The trick is to have a strong mandate and establish the right partnerships, while also remaining flexible to your clients’ changing needs.
One of the goals of early intervention services for psychosis (often called EIP) is to help clients to recover fully. Services can include helping them find and hold a job after they have been diagnosed with a psychotic disorder, facilitating their return to school, or promoting long-term career planning. When people receiving EIP services are not financially secure, they often rely on government disability income. While this income can help them deal with the financial burdens of mental illness, it can also discourage them from seeking or keeping a job and other career development activities.
Relying on emergency programs to help the homeless is expensive. A report by the Homeless Hub tries to answer the following questions: Do the current expenditures to provide emergency services to homeless individuals make sense? What is the best way to deal with homelessness in Canada? Could we actually save money by housing people and preventing them from becoming homeless in the first place, rather than letting them continue to use emergency shelters and day programs?
Research has found that homeless youth have high rates of mental health problems and substance use, but studies have never looked at how many have both of these issues together. Researchers interviewed 150 street-involved 16- to 21-year-olds in Toronto. The youth answered questions about their mental health and drug use, as well as questions about their experience with homelessness.