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November 6, 2014 Increasing number of Canadians with mental health issues at risk of homelessness: report

A report prepared for the Homelessness Hub on the State of Homelessness in Canada in 2014 shows that over the past decade declining wages, reduced benefit levels including, pensions and social assistance, and a shrinking supply of affordable housing have placed more and more Canadians at risk of homelessness.

November 6, 2014 NHL goalie unmasking mental health issues

Edmonton Oilers’ goalie, Ben Scrivens, along with the Edmonton Oiler’s Community Foundation (EOCF) has launched a new mental health program called Ben’s Netminders.

November 6, 2014 More Canadians using food banks: Food Banks Canada

A new study released this week by Food Banks Canada suggests that the use of food banks has increased across the country in 2014.

November 6, 2014 Mustachioed Canadians raise awareness about male mental health

The beginning of November marked the start of Movember, the month-long fundraising campaign that uses ‘the moustache’ as a catalyst to change the face of men’s health.

November 6, 2014 Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention virtual conference

CASP Conference Screen ShotThe Mental Health Commission of Canada and the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention are trying something new: they are co-hosting the world’s first virtual conference on the topic of suicide prevention, postvention and intervention

October 23, 2014 Understanding systemic pathways into and out of youth homelessness

What are the common pathways leading youth into and out of homelessness? This is the question that guides a new research study in Winnipeg, Manitoba. By understanding these pathways, the study hopes to address barriers facing homeless youth and ultimately lead to a more collaborative system. Read the full report.

October 23, 2014 Get your groove on! Participate in a fundraiser for mental health awareness

Claire Barron of Guelph, Ontario has launched a unique fund-raising initiative and mental health awareness campaign that encourages people anywhere to Dance Like Nobody’s Watching. 

October 23, 2014 National awareness week highlights importance of patient-safety issues

CPSWFrom October 27 to October 31, 2014, healthcare providers, patients and families will celebrate Canadian Patient Safety Week (CSPW) across Canada. Led by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI), CSPW is a national annual campaign to increase awareness of patient-safety issues.

October 16, 2014 October is Occupational Therapy Month

Occupational therapy (OT) is the art and science of enabling people to perform the occupations that foster health and well-being. Accordingly, OT practice is a core component of an integrated mental health system. This month, the contributions of Occupational Therapists (OTs) across the country are being celebrated.

October 9, 2014 New federal and provincial initiatives to support the health and well-being of older adults

Canada has an aging population. By 2016, individuals over the age of 65 will account for a larger share of the population than children aged 0-14. Therefore, programs and services to support older adults are valuable and necessary. Fortunately, both the federal and provincial governments appreciate this need and are implementing programs to support the health and well-being of older adults.