After a series of educational workshops on police record checks this fall, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the John Howard Society of Ontario (JHSO) have released two accompanying information guides titled ‘On the Record.’
The North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN) has released a new report, which looks at the evolving role of community hospitals in Northeastern Ontario.
The Homeless Hub, together with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) introduced the Canadian ‘Housing First’ Toolkit at the National Conference on Ending Homelessness in Vancouver. The toolkit was developed to help communities and organizations plan, implement, evaluate and sustain a Housing First initiative or approach in their local community.
The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) have released phase 2 of the Ontario Crime Prevention Strategy as part of the development of the provincial approach to community safety and well-being.
Adolescents have the highest risk for developing mental illness than any other age group, but are also the least likely to seek out help for mental health problems. But few studies have tried to understand the reasons for this lack of engagement and whether this type of service redesign would make a difference.
Individuals who belong to racialized groups who seek out services for mental health or addiction issues experience marginalization both for their mental health or addiction issues as well as for their race. For these individuals, use of the emergency department (ED) increases when there are big life changes, such as to their housing or employment. Although some make these ED visits by choice, others do not, for example when they are brought in by service providers or the police.
Partnerships are increasingly becoming a cornerstone of organizational values, strategic priorities, and eligibility for funding and grants. Yet many organizations don’t have a partnership strategy. Leaders continue to invest resources without knowing the exact purpose or the expected returns.
Last week Nature published a special edition on depression, asking why the burden is so great, how science is helping, where today’s research is headed and what the future may hold.
The topic of bullying is once again in the spotlight. Bullying Awareness Week (November 16-22, 2014) in Canada is an effort to prevent bullying in communities across the country through education and awareness.
Canadian Mental Health Association’s annual nation-wide conference in Calgary was complete with inspirational keynotes, gripping stories and informative sessions from presenters from across the country on the topics of mental health and addictions.