Healthy Minds Canada (HMC) has developed a prototype for a fun, scenario-based app about bullying, designed to improve (and measure) empathy while teaching coping and preventative skills.
On April 8, 2014, the Mental Health Commission of Canada released a report documenting the final results of the At Home/Chez Soi research demonstration project, which examined “Housing First (HF)” as a means of ending homelessness for people living with mental illness in Canada.
Do you know a young person who has demonstrated resiliency or is familiar with the Canadian mental health landscape and enjoys drawing, painting, photography or writing short stories and poetry? If so, encourage them to consider a leadership opportunity so that they might reach other young people and improve youth mental health policy in Canada.
Improving interactions and outcomes between persons with mental illnesses and the police was the focus of a national conference between mental health and law enforcement leaders in Toronto.
Bill C-14, the Not Criminally Responsible (NCR) Reform Act has gone to second reading in the Senate and has been a key subject at the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs in Ottawa recently. Last month, the Committee heard from Justice Richard Schneider, chair of the Ontario Review Board and Review Boards of Canada, Dr. Sandy Simpson, chief of forensic psychiatry at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Chris Summerville, Chief Executive Officer of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada and Dr. John Bradford, a forensic psychiatrist and Associate Chief (Forensic) at the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group.
On March 20, 2014, Statistics Canada released new data about admissions to youth and adult corrections services in 2011 to 2012. Overall, admission to correctional facilities has decreased by 7 percent and 1 percent in youth and adults respectively. Most of the individuals admitted are male (77 percent in youth and 85 percent in adults) and spending on adult correctional services passed the $4 billion mark in 2011-2012.
Six-time Olympian Clara Hughes is seeking to drive positive long-term change in the way Canadians perceive mental illness and talk about mental health by biking around Canada and visiting schools and community groups in every province and territory.
A new study reveals that children’s drawings can speak volumes about their experiences of immigration. Monica Valencia completed graduate studies at Ryerson University where her thesis research explored how art may tap into the innermost thoughts and experiences of children.
The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) has released a special issue of its quarterly magazine Psynopsis, and it focuses on criminal justice and mental health. The journal opens with a message from CPA CEO, Karen R. Cohen, stating that Canadian psychologists are well positioned to make meaningful contributions to public policy when it comes to the intersection of justice and mental health.
The Government of Canada has released its first report on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Canada ratified the convention in March 2010, and the convention came into full force in Canada in April 2010. The report tracks Canada’s implementation of the convention and provides information about federal, provincial and territorial laws related to the rights of persons with disabilities. The report was prepared collaboratively by federal, provincial and territorial governments in consultation with over 700 civil society and Aboriginal organizations, as well as the Canadian Human Rights Commission.