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January 29, 2015 MHCC report identifies first set of national mental health indicators

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has just released the first phase of its project, Informing the Future: Mental Health Indicators for Canada, to identify a first-ever set of national mental health indicators. This first report provides details on the first 13 of 63 indicators involving children, youth, adults and seniors in a variety of setting.

January 15, 2015 Join the National conversation about mental health

Bell Lets TalkThe fifth annual Bell Let’s Talk Day is coming up so get ready to break the silence around mental illness and support mental health across Canada. Each year, Bell hosts its annual campaign and this edition features celebrities such as Cara Hughes, Howie Mandel and Michael Landsberg who will encourage Canadians to talk about mental health and help end the stigma that surrounds it.

January 15, 2015 #CHHSLetsTalk campaign uses social media to fight stigma

A small grassroots movement launched at a Calgary high school has now reached a global audience and raised thousands of dollars for mental health.

January 15, 2015 Solutions to homelessness: Evaluating what works and for whom

Image of Homeless Hub PyramidThe Canadian Homelessness Research Network (CHRN) has developed a framework that can help both funders and providers determine what works, why, and for whom it works as they implement various solutions to end homelessness. The framework has two parts and is entitled What Works and for Whom? A Hierarchy of Evidence for Promising Practices Research.

January 15, 2015 Celebrate Hot Tea month with a cup for your mental health

Image of tea being pouredJanuary is Hot Tea Month in Canada! Canadians drink almost 10 million cups of tea each year, and in the midst of the frosty winter weather, the hot beverage is a great way for tea lovers to drink their way to good health.

December 18, 2014 New Mental Health Centre of Excellence for Canadian Military and Veterans announced

CAF imageIn the wake of a critical report from Michael Ferguson, the Auditor General of Canada, the Department of Veterans announced that it will spend $200 million on mental health clinics to address operational stress injuries. However, it was later revealed that the immediate investment is only $19.1 million, with the remainder to be disbursed over the 50-year lifespan of the program.

December 18, 2014 Innovative approaches to improve mental health accessibility

Trauma Dog

When asked what the term “accessibility” brings to mind, many people think of wheelchair ramps, wide doors, parking spaces or accessible bathrooms. Yet, for individuals with mental health conditions, accessibility can have a whole different meaning. These individuals face accessibility challenges in many areas of their lives such as education, employment, and housing.

December 4, 2014 Substance abuse a growing concern in Canada

Image of AlcoholA new report from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) reveals that substance abuse is a serious and increasingly costly health concern in Canada. CCSA’s report, The Impact of Substance Use Disorders on Hospital Use, found the cost of hospitalizing people with substance-use disorders is significant, and has increased 22 percent over five years – $267 million in 2011 from $219 million in 2006. More than half of the 2011 costs are attributable to alcohol-related disorders, highlighting the need for frontline medical professionals to have access to early screening and intervention tools for problematic alcohol use, as well as resources to educate patients about low-risk drinking.

December 4, 2014 Hidden population at risk of homelessness: Immigrant and newcomer youth in Canada

Youth homelessness is rapidly increasing across Canada, especially in cities where affordable housing is in short supply. A new study shows that immigrants and newcomers under the age of 24 are particularly over-represented within the homeless population. While many lack affordable, adequate and permanent housing, others continue to live in “hidden homelessness” – or shared, over-crowded housing

December 4, 2014 Saskatchewan releases 10-year mental health and addictions action plan

Cover of 10-year planIn Saskatchewan, approximately 220,000 individuals are struggling to some degree with a mental health or substance-use issue. The 10-year Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan, released by the government on Dec. 1, 2014 has many hopeful for change in the province.