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March 12, 2015 One year after tragedy struck the hockey world, some positives emerge

Friends of Terry Trafford spoke to the Toronto Sun and QMI media chain recently to commemorate the one year-anniversary of the young man’s death.

March 12, 2015 Turn off the screens. Turn up the play.

Are your kids getting more screen time than playtime? Now that electronics are only ever a fingers reach away, the typical Canadian kid spends an average of seven hours and 48 minutes a day in front of television, video games, smartphones and computer screens.

March 12, 2015 Mental health on the mind: CMHA Middlesex partners for Year of the Brain 2015

brain-fair-posterNext month, the London Children’s Museum is hosting Brain Fair 2015, a free public event to celebrate the brain with expert speakers, art, games, brain food, door prizes and more. The fair is for healthcare professionals, caregivers, those affected by brain disorders and anyone interested in brain health. The fair will focus on several topics including:

  • How the brain works
  • Keeping your brain strong and healthy
  • Illnesses, disorders and conditions that affect the brain
  • Services available to those diagnosed or living with a brain condition
  • Support services available to family and caregivers
March 12, 2015 Social innovation for family justice and mental health sectors

Around the world social innovation labs are gaining popularity as an effective method to create systems change. This methodology involves convening diverse stakeholders together to develop, test and scale new solutions to complex social and service problems. They employ methods typically used in the technology sector to create products such as smartphones.

March 12, 2015 Children and youth have worse mental health outcomes in Northern Ontario: report

Screen Shot of Report CoverA new report called Mental Health of Children and Youth in Ontario: A Baseline Scorecard suggests that children and youth in northern Ontario have worse mental health outcomes than in the rest of the province.

 

March 12, 2015 Psychiatric Survivors Network offers Warmline services

PSNE LogoRecently, two outreach peer support workers from the Psychiatric Survivors Network of Elgin (PSNE) paid a visit to Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario to spread the word about the great work they are doing in their community. The PSNE is a consumer-survivor initiative in Elgin County, Ontario. The organization is dedicated to facilitating mental health education and acts as a liaison to reduce stigma for individuals with lived experience of mental health issues.

March 12, 2015 How are youth in Canada using e-cigarettes?

E-cigaretteE-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular due to the marketing of their health benefits over regular cigarettes. E-cigarettes are commonly marketed and sold over the Internet. This is an important factor to consider because youth generally spend more time online than older generations. Therefore, the potential impact on youth of the availability of e-cigarettes on the internet is worth examining.

March 12, 2015 How are colleges and universities helping students with eating disorders?

Webinar ScreenshotThe latest webinar in the “Ask the Experts” series looked at how to best support a student who may have an eating disorder.

March 12, 2015 BC has most hospitalizations due to mental health issues

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) has released its annual report Inpatient Hospitalizations, Surgeries and Childbirth Indicators. According to the report, mental health and addictions conditions, such as mood disorders, schizophrenia and other delusional disorders, were among the most common causes for hospitalization nationally and across all provinces and territories except in Nova Scotia and Manitoba.

March 12, 2015 An issue of growing concern: homelessness in Canada's North

Northern Voices on HomelessnessHomelessness in our northern communities is a relatively recent phenomenon, emerging as a much more visible issue since the 1990s. Last week, a panel of experts in homelessness research, policy, advocacy, and social services convened at the Northern Voices on Homelessness forum in Anchorage, Alaska to try to understand what it means to be homeless in the north, why homelessness is on the rise and to exchange ideas on solutions.