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August 14, 2014 StatsCan releases report on the mental health of the Canadian Armed Forces

About 1 in 6 members of the Canadian Forces reported that they experienced mental health or alcohol disorder symptoms in the last 12 months, the 2013 Mental Health Survey found.

July 17, 2014 Snowshoe inquiry prompts calls to improve mental health services for inmates

A recent public inquiry into the death of Edward Snowshoe in the federal penitentiary system has renewed calls across the country to improve coordination of mental health and justice services, particularly for inmates with mental health histories.

June 19, 2014 CMHA partners up with Canadian Public Health Association to increase broader action on mental health promotion

In any given year, one in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness. However, there remains a gap between mental health and public health activities.

June 5, 2014 RCMP announces new Mental Health Strategy

RCMP logo. Links to RCMP websitePolice officers often encounter difficult and sometimes traumatic situations as part of their day-to-day work. This can result in an operational stress injury which is any persistent psychological difficulty resulting from combat, law enforcement or other operational and service-related duties. Operational stress injuries include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorders, depression, substance use disorders, and even suicide.

May 22, 2014 New resource available that identifies treatment options for depression

Informed Choices about DepressionMajor depression is one of the most common mental health problems. About one in six Canadians will experience an episode of depression during their lifetime.  To address this issue, there is a new evidence-based resource available that inform individuals about effective treatments for depression. The online resource is called Informed Choices About Depression.

May 8, 2014 Canada’s Correctional Investigator examines prescription practices in prisons

A joint investigation between CBC News and the Canadian Press revealed that Canadian prisons are prescribing and using powerful medications in order to “sedate” and manage inmates. This was especially true for female inmates, where 63 percent of them were prescribed psychotropic medications or medications that affect one’s mental state in 2013. This is a significant increase from over a decade ago when the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) showed that just 42 percent of female inmates were prescribed these medications.

April 24, 2014 Cross-country tour to raise awareness about PTSD kicks off

The Tema Conter Memorial Trust is launching a cross-country tour to raise awareness about the effects of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on Canada’s military and first responders.

April 24, 2014 Report about police training due in June: MHCC

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has announced it will be releasing its report which will serve as the blueprint for a formal mental health education and training program for police departments across the country.

April 10, 2014 Gaming for Change

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.

April 10, 2014 Major “Housing First” report released

National At Home/Chez Soi Final Report report 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.