As the number of people fleeing conflict in Syria continues to increase and expand across borders, providing adequate and proper mental health care to refugees in this crisis has become a central issue. With almost four million displaced persons from Syria, the corresponding mental health crisis is not new, as refugees have been experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety since the beginning of the five year old civil war. The importance of addressing this issue, however, is becoming more noticeable as the number of affected people continues to rise and the impact on neighboring populations becomes a global concern.
The Global Mental Health group from the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry and the Office of Transformative Global Health from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health are organizing a global mental health conference to take place in Toronto from May 6-8, 2015 to look at the theme of lessons in global mental health initiatives for local benefit.
Mental health services for children and youth in England need a “complete overhaul,” according to a government task force. The task force has released Future in Mind, a report that highlights rising wait times and a lack of age-appropriate hospital services. More specifically, the report found a sharp increase in the number of youth under the age of 18 with mental health problems who are being treated in adult psychiatric wards. In addition, it found that fewer than 35 percent of young people with mental health issues are getting the help they need.
Today is Purple Day, an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. Every year on March 26, people in countries around the world are invited to wear purple and host events in support of epilepsy awareness.
On Sunday, March 8, 2015, individuals and organizations throughout the world celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD), an annual event held to mark the social, economic and political achievements of women. Each year, women share personal stories and celebrate achievements with special events and campaigns.
The first ever UK Children’s Mental Health Week received a royal endorsement this month when the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton delivered a rare video address in support of early intervention mental health support for young people.
Joshua Chauvin, a graduate of the University of Windsor and current Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, has launched a new website – itgetsbrighter.org– to raise awareness about mental health around the globe and to offer hope to those struggling.
Depression is sometimes referred to as the “Black Dog.” Just like a real dog, its needs to be embraced, understood, taught new tricks and ultimately brought to heel.
Millions of people around the world live with depression. Most of the people affected, 75 percent in many low-income countries, do not have access to the treatment they need. Without treatment, these individuals suffer greatly, but so too do their families.
With a grant from the Canadian Government’s Grand Challenges Canada (GCC), the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto is delivering alternative mental health care treatments to Filipino children with mood disorders.