Being homeless has an impact on a person’s health. People who are homeless or marginally housed have less access to health care and poorer health outcomes than those who live in stable housing.
When we think about the sort of evidence that informs our policies and practices, we often picture a study that has appeared in a peer-reviewed journal. But lived experience is another crucial kind of evidence that needs to be integrated into our thinking. The personal narratives of people experiencing problematic substance use, addiction, or mental health challenges can be a vital source of knowledge – and can help reduce stigma.
The risk of homelessness is 10 to 20 times higher for people with mental illness than for the general population. What’s more, homeless people with mental illness often do not receive support or services.
The Human Rights Legal Support Centre (HRLSC) has just released their annual report for 2009-2010. Mandated to provide legal services to people who have experienced discrimination and who want to take legal steps to address the discrimination by filing an application to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO), HRLSC offers legal information on its website and legal information and advice by phone, and provides ongoing legal services to applicants before the HRTO. This includes representation at all stages of the human rights process: before an application is filed; before mediation; and before the hearing.
EENet invites you to attend a FREE one-hour virtual knowledge exchange session via telephone and webinar to explore what the Alberta Drug Treatment Funding Program (DTFP) is doing to enhance its substance abuse treatment system.
On January 18, 2012, Good Foot Delivery took first prize at the first-ever Social Entrepreneurship in Mental Health Equity Awards. The ceremony, held at Toronto’s historic Gladstone Hotel, celebrated local social enterprises that are making inroads in mental health equity. The award represents a unique collaboration between the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Social Entrepreneurism in Mental Health working group, MaRS Social Innovation Generation, and Ashoka Canada.
Previous research shows that different factors can influence the use of mental health services. Income inequality, unemployment, and immigration concentration all have an impact at the neighbourhood level.
The first issue of the Ontario Systems Projects quarterly newsletter was disseminated in December 2011 to over 700 stakeholders across Ontario. It contains updates on each project and the initiative as a whole.
To view the newsletter, visit the Updates page on www.ontariodtfp.ca.
EENet invites you to attend a FREE one-hour virtual knowledge exchange session via telephone and webinar to explore what Alberta is doing to enhance its substance abuse treatment system. This webinar is the second in a series that will connect stakeholders across provinces and territories as we work towards the shared goal of improving our substance abuse treatment systems.
For people living with mental illness, stigma can be a large barrier that prevents improvement in their lives. But little research has been done to understand how stigma emerges in youth.