When a person with “no fixed address” is being released from hospital, unit staff typically do their best to find that person a place to go. But it can take weeks to locate housing and receive rent money from social assistance programmes, and many of these individuals end up having to go to a shelter when they leave the hospital.
Stigma towards drug addiction is a research field largely untouched. Even fewer studies look at stigma related to drug addiction among adolescents. A teenager’s developmental stage, their personal experiences, and peer pressure make this period an unpredictable one. Add immigration experiences to those factors, and teenagers’ perceptions and attitudes will vary even more. How do teens from different immigration backgrounds feel about drug addiction?
There is more and more research that shows links between substance use issues and mental health. There also is some evidence to show that trauma is somehow linked to mental health and substance abuse problems.
Many clinics have redesigned their physical spaces to better suit the needs of their clients, but we don’t know much about the effect this approach has on the service providers.
Many women who are involved with substance use have experienced trauma. For this reason, it’s important for health care providers to understand the interconnections of trauma and substance use so that they can provide better care for these women.
In Canada, people with mental illnesses are three times more likely to get arrested than those without a disorder. The justice system has “diversion programs” to help people with mental illnesses who are charged with, or convicted of, a crime. We know these programs reduce repeat-offender rates and homelessness. But what makes these programs so successful? And what are the challenges of implementing them?
Ontario’s child and youth mental health sector is made up of a fragmented array of services and supports. There is a need to address the problems of this patchwork of services as well as current service gaps, a growing need for services, and long wait lists.
In recent years, there has been a shift away from long-term hospital stays for youth with serious mental health needs. The new approach is to have shorter hospital stays, where youth are stabilized, and then connected with community resources. Ontario researchers looked at the effectiveness of this approach, using Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) as a case study.
EENet recently launched a new site, EENet Connect, an online community where members of Ontario’s mental health and addictions system can create profiles, share knowledge, and collaborate more effectively with one another. The community will reinforce existing relationships, while allowing new connections to take root and grow.
On Thursday, February 21, 2013, EENet hosted a webinar on Women, Trauma, and Substance Use: Guidelines for Informed Practices, one of eleven projects that make up the Ontario Drug Treatment Funding Program (DTFP).