On April 18, 2013 the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA), in consultation with members of the Canadian Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, issued an Information Release on the “Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act.” In their release, the CPA takes the position that the, “…not criminally responsible (NCR) provisions of the criminal code are functioning well and do not need major reform.”
Via Rail has a policy on travelling with a support person, and not having to buy a ticket for the support person, which they call their “Escort Policy”. The current policy requires passengers who travel and request to have a support person travel with them free of the extra charge demonstrate that they need assistance in at least one of three core areas: eating, personal hygiene and taking medication.
In its most recent budget, the Federal government announced that it will wind down funding for the Health Council of Canada. The Health Council’s role is to monitor and report on the progress of commitments made in the 2003 First Ministers’ Accord on Health Care Renewal and the 2004 10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care. The Health Council will continue to operate for the rest of this fiscal year and will conclude its operations early in 2014/15.
In a recent report titled, “Working with Schizophrenia: Pathways to Employment, Recovery and Inclusion”, The Work Foundation (UK) identified barriers (individual, attitudinal and structural) and interventions that could increase the number of workers with schizophrenia working in the UK labour market.
In the last issue of Mental Health Notes, we shared exciting news about the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario (CMHA Ontario) and our lead role in running the Centre for Innovation on Campus Mental Health, in partnership with Collleges Ontario, the Council of Ontario Universities, the College Student Alliance and the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance.
The project will be housed at CMHA Ontario and will run for two years with funds provided by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
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.”