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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

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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.

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