The Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health has launched a toolkit called, “Together to Live: A toolkit for addressing youth suicide in your community”. The purpose of this resource is to provide tools and information to assist service providers in mobilizing their communities around youth suicide prevention, risk management and postvention. It also offers an opportunity for community networks or coalitions to share what they are doing to address youth suicide through the Communities in action section.
The average rate of suicide in Canada among Aboriginal youth is about five to six times higher than non-Aboriginal youth. Chief Peter Moonias from the Neskantaga First Nation spoke recently about the alarmingly high rate of suicide in his small community of 420 residents, of which 60 percent are youth.
One in five children and youth has a mental health condition; yet, fewer than 25 percent receive treatment. Additionally, it can take several months to obtain an appointment with a mental health professional, which can be extremely frustrating for everyone involved.
The Toronto Police Service has announced the expansion of its Mobile Crisis Intervention Team (MCIT) Program to cover all areas of Canada’s largest city. This brings the number of MCITs in Toronto to 6 and the program now covers all but three of the city’s police divisions. The hope is that the remaining divisions will be covered by expanding the areas served by existing MCITs.
On Thursday, May 1, 2014, the Ontario Government will release the 2014-2015 Provincial Budget. CMHA Ontario will be monitoring the Budget process with a special focus on the government’s response to our pre-Budget submission which included a number of specific recommendations in support of mental health and addiction services in Ontario.
The Ontario Human Rights Commission has released its Policy on Preventing Discrimination Because of Gender Identify and Gender Expression. The policy is the culmination of many years of work by many committed individuals and organizations. A major milestone along the way was the 2012 enactment of Toby’s Act, which included “gender identity” and “gender expression” as protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code.
The news of 20-year-old Ontario Hockey League player Terry Trafford’s death rippled across Canada last month, receiving nationwide attention from sports media, The Globe and Mail, and Don Cherry on CBC Hockey Night In Canada’s Coach’s Corner. Now, members of the Toronto community that Trafford grew up in have banded together to host an event in honour of his life.
A new report from Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO) calls on the Ontario government to adopt a seven-year plan of investment in supportive housing as the most cost-effective way to help people recovering from mental health and addictions challenges.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can result from vehicle accidents, firearms, falls and other causes. TBIs include things like concussions and are about seven times more common among homeless people than the general population.
A recent article in Spacing magazine titled, “Designing Cities that Positively Impact Mental Health” describes how the urban landscape affects our well-being. The article promotes mixed-use communities: communities where public facilities, such as schools, workplaces, grocery stores, etc., are located close together. These communities enable residents to easily walk, bike or bus to get to and from different places.