In any given week, more than half a million Canadians will be absent from work because they’re struggling with their mental health. Seventy per cent of disability costs are related to mental illness. By the year 2020, depression will rank second only to heart disease as the leading cause of disability worldwide.
Bell announced Monday that its national mental health initiative is being extended for another five years, upping financial support to $100 million by the end of 2020.
The government of Alberta is not renewing the contract for the province’s chief addiction and mental health officer, the Edmonton Journal reports.
Online registration is now open for the Canadian Alliance National Conference on Ending Homelessness, November 2-4, 2015 at the Hôtel Bonaventure Montréal.
For the first time in Pan Am games history, mental health support for athletes will include visits from 125 special dogs.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) recently released the Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice. The first of their kind in Canada, the guidelines aim to provide comprehensive information on recovery and recovery principles for mental health professionals, policy and decision makers, all individuals accessing mental health services and their supporters. The release of the guidelines marks the third and final step of the MHCCs’ Recovery Initiative, which included the creation of The Recovery Declaration, a tool to facilitate dialogue, as well as an online inventory of recovery resources.
A recent article in the StatsCan periodical Juristat reveals new data on the frequency of contact that individuals with mental health and addictions issues have with police.
CBC’s The Current recently reported that after 11 years of service as Canada’s Correctional Investigator, Howard Sapers has been told that he will not be reappointed for the role. The CBC made note that this decision comes in advance of a Federal election later this year. Prior Correctional Investigators have held the position for up to 25 years.
Lack of mental health training for correctional officers, overcrowding and poor treatment of individuals with mental health issues are the key issues identified in a recent report by the Public Services Foundation of Canada (PSFC), titled Crisis in Correctional Services.
CMHA National recently released a position statement on the “Right to Privacy related to Mental Health Information contained within Police Records.” This position statement comes in the wake of the announcement that the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services in Ontario will be drafting new legislation on what police services can and cannot disclose. The BC Information and Privacy Commissioner has also issued an order stating that information related to an individual’s mental health should not be included in police information checks.