What does the average child or youth in Canada want to know about mental health and how do they search for this information online? A synthesis report provides insight from three separate studies funded by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, including a literature review, a qualitative report, and a mixed methods report.
Imagery can be a powerful healing agent. Meditation can guide people to think about images that evoke positive feelings, achieve mental stillness, and release tension in the body. Research supports the therapeutic use of guided imagery, which is available outside of clinical environments, through fitness, yoga and relaxation programs.
“We really wanted to make early intervention better for all youth,” says Lisa Jeffs, project manager of the Youth Wellness Centre in Hamilton. “We recognized that we were offering a Cadillac model for early psychosis, but when it came to youth with first episode mood, anxiety or addictions issues, those teens faced long waits to access assessment and treatment.”
According to the 2013 National College Health Assessment survey of 32 post-secondary institutions in Canada, 38 percent of students reported feeling “so depressed it was difficult to function,” and almost 10 percent had seriously considered suicide. While many postsecondary institutions offer mental health services, very few have comprehensive, overarching mental health strategies.
Studies show that youth text an average of 3,000 times a month and always have their mobile phones on them. In line with this research, LOFT Community Services field staff now use mobile technology to support and be better linked with transitional-aged youth with mental health and/or addiction issues in the downtown Toronto area.
Are you interested in learning about ways to identify and help individuals with mental health issues who are at risk for or involved with the criminal justice system? Read our latest evidence briefs, which introduce various frameworks, programs, and resources for identifying and effectively managing individuals with mental health issues who are at risk for or involved with the criminal justice system. The topics covered include brief screening for mental health and substance use problems, community-based diversion programs for youth, frameworks for mental health diversion, and strategies to address police-to-hospital transitions for people experiencing mental health challenges.
Individuals with social anxiety have a tendency to focus on negative or threatening stimuli in the environment (called “attention bias”) and to interpret ambiguous social situations negatively (called “interpretation bias”). These biases are believed to play a key role in the development and maintenance of social anxiety disorder.
Women who have alcohol and drug use problems and their children often need a lot of support from different programs and services. And yet it can be difficult to know where to go to find these services. Service providers and organizations can give referrals and information and even help plan services, but only when they are aware of the other agencies and have relationships with them.
When a child has a mental illness, it can be confusing and isolating, not only for the child but for the entire family. Supporting parents is critical.
As part of Ontario’s Systems Improvement through Service Collaboratives (SISC) initiative, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) partnered with the provincial youth mental health program mindyourmind to support the work of the London Service Collaborative.