The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario unveiled its new website today. The new site has a more modern look, allowing visitors to find information on mental health issues easily, learn about CMHA Ontario’s policy work and special projects, and discover ways to get involved with CMHA Ontario. Built-in interactive capabilities allow visitors to share pages and posts easily through social media channels.
In our last issue of Mental Health Notes, we noted that the Ontario Drug Treatment Funding Program (ODTF) would soon be posting guidelines to support organizations providing substance use treatment services for women. “Trauma Matters: Guidelines for Trauma-Informed Practices in Women’s Substance Use Services” will help you understand the interconnections of trauma and substance use, and provide better care for substance-involved women who have experienced trauma.
Stigma towards drug addiction is a research field largely untouched. Even fewer studies look at stigma related to drug addiction among adolescents. A teenager’s developmental stage, their personal experiences, and peer pressure make this period an unpredictable one. Add immigration experiences to those factors, and teenagers’ perceptions and attitudes will vary even more. How do teens from different immigration backgrounds feel about drug addiction?
There is more and more research that shows links between substance use issues and mental health. There also is some evidence to show that trauma is somehow linked to mental health and substance abuse problems.
The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA), in partnership with the National Advisory Council (NAC) on Prescription Drug Misuse, released a 10-year, pan-Canadian strategy, “First Do No Harm: Responding to Canada’s Prescription Drug Crisis.”
The Canadian Diabetes Association released its 2013 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada (the Guidelines) that aim to improve prevention strategies and the quality of care for those living with the disease.
The Canadian Federal Budget 2013 has announced an investment of $119 million per year over five years, nearly $600 million in total, to the Homelessness Partnering Strategy using a “Housing First” approach. This funding continues the federal government’s 2008 commitment to housing the homeless when it allocated $110 million to the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)’s At Home/Chez Soi housing demonstration project.
Numerous studies and meta-analyses have shown that women who receive a psychosocial or psychological intervention are significantly less likely to develop postpartum depression, compared with those receiving standard care.
A recent study published in Psychiatric Services found that people with psychiatric illnesses are at extremely high risk for suicide in the immediate weeks post-discharge from hospital. In fact, a retrospective study conducted by researchers from the Centre for Mental Health and Risk at the University of Manchester found that fifty-five per cent of completed suicides happened within the first week after discharge.
Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO) has begun preparations for its February 2014 conference, “Creating Change Together”. This biennial conference is the only Canadian event focused on the health and wellness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities.