The Mental Health Commission of Canada’s 2009 study on the barriers and opportunities for employment for persons with mental health disabilities has been released. The main sections include a literature review on employment for persons with mental illness, an overview of provincial disability programs and work incentives/disincentives, an environmental scan of social businesses and workplace issues, and a comprehensive list of recommendations. The first two sections are explored in this article.
The Canadian Active After School Partnership (CAASP) is starting a project to educate after school program leaders and decision-makers about promoting mental health for all children and youth, specifically highlighting the link between mental health and participation in quality active after-school programs. The project will also provide targeted information for girls and young women, Aboriginal children and youth, as well as children and youth with disabilities.
The Health Council of Canada has released a new pan-Canadian video series featuring innovative practices that are tackling wait times for patients in various health care settings. The first video is about Advanced Access in Thompson, Manitoba and the second video is about Orthopedic Central Intake in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario (CMHA Ontario) is pleased to announce the release of its 2012/2013 Annual Report. The report highlights achievements and milestones in children and youth mental health, chronic disease prevention and management, action on the social determinants of health, equity, justice, quality improvement, and workplace mental health.
On June 3, the federal government announced support for anti-bullying initiatives by investing $250,000 in a Red Cross programme that will train 2,400 Canadian youth to deliver workshops on anti-bullying. Each of the youth will in turn train at least 20 additional people each, for a total of nearly 50,000 youth leaders.
On June 11, the Ontario Ombudsman released his report condemning the use of excessive force in the province’s correctional institutes. While prison guards have the right to use physical force to manage inmates, such force should only be used appropriately and only to the degree necessary to gain control. The use of excessive force, the use of force with the intent to cause harm, or the continued use of force beyond what is required to gain control of a situation is not acceptable.
Income impacts mental health with significant implications for the provincial health system. An analysis by the Sudbury District Health Unit (SDHU) found that the most socio-economically deprived neighbourhoods in the City of Sudbury experienced almost four times the rate of mental health-related emergency department (ED) visits than the highest income areas. If all Sudburians experienced the same health as those in the highest income areas, the city would experience a reduction of over 14,000 ED visits per year.
A provincial study has found significant rates of racism or ethnicity-related discrimination experienced among its trans person participants. The study is part of Trans PULSE, a community-based research project exploring the health impacts of discrimination and exclusion on trans people in Ontario.
Researchers at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto recently announced the launch of the Ontario Birth study which will follow thousands of women through their pregnancy, and their children, to see what effects in-utero exposure has on the later development of chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and mental illness.
The needs of women with substance use issues who are pregnant or parenting are not being met by traditional addiction services. Aboriginal mothers are up against even more challenges.