Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is an annual national public education campaign designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness. The week was established in 1992 by the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and is now coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) in cooperation with all its member organizations and many other supporters across Canada.
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) released statistics in September, 2014 on the number of suicides among its members. Although the CAF reports no significant change in suicide rates since 1995, others see the numbers differently. For example, many are emphasizing that there have been more Canadian soldiers who have died by suicide since 2004 than died in Afghanistan. That is 160 soldiers compared to 138 soldiers, respectively. These numbers include men and women in regular force personnel as well as those on the reserve force. However, they do not have a large enough female sample and are consequently only reflective of how male CAF suicide rates compare to males in the general population.
Approximately three-quarters of Canadians are considered to be psychologically ‘flourishing,” a new Statistics Canada report suggests. However, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario believes the statistics released today are not as promising as people might think.
The rate of suicide in young Canadians is a very important – and tragic – indicator of a collective lack of effectiveness in meeting the mental health needs of our children and youth. Death by suicide among 15 to 24 year olds is the second leading cause of death in this age group. In fact, three times as many youth (15-24 years) die by suicide than by all forms of cancer combined.
Created by Partners for Mental Health, Right By You aims to get youth experiencing mental health problems or illnesses the help they need.
On the morning of World Suicide Prevention Day 2014, the Correctional Investigator of Canada, Howard Sapers, released a new report: A Three Year Review of Federal Inmate Suicides (2011-2014).
On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, individuals, organizations and communities worldwide gathered to show their support for World Suicide Prevention Day. Led by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), the day was dedicated to raising awareness about suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.
A new initiative by CMHA Ontario and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) offers a number of free resources for direct service providers working with children and youth with c
omplex mental health needs.
The use of peer support in the emergency department (ED) is an emerging practice. In a recent issue of EENet’s Promising Practices, Raymond Cheng profiles two scenarios: One is the inner city hospital with the dense and diverse populations it serves, and its use of a Community Support Worker; the second is the future establishment of peer navigators in the Central Local health Integration Network (LHIN) at two sites – one in the city, and another serving a broader suburban area. Each offers some lessons and implications for their respective use by racialized people with mental health issues..
This Promising Practice arose from the work of the Community of Interest for Racialized Populations and Mental Health and Addictions (COI). CMHA Ontario is a member of the COI steering committee.
To read the full promising practice, visit the EENet website.
Former Chief Justice Frank Iacobucci has released a review of documents, policies and procedures of the Toronto Police Service and its interactions with people in crisis, offering up 84 recommendations.
Heather Rivers, reporter with the Woodstock Sentinel Review has been named the recipient of the 2014 CMHA Ontario Media Award for excellence reporting on mental health and addictions issues at the local level.