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June 14, 2013 Study reveals impact of racism on trans people in Ontario

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.

June 14, 2013 Mt. Sinai Hospital launches Ontario Birth study

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.

June 14, 2013 Research Snapshot: Treatment recommendations for Aboriginal mothers with substance use issues

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.

June 14, 2013 Research Report Round-up: Determinants of mental health for newcomer youth

There is a lack of Canadian research on the mental health of newcomer youth. To fill this gap, researchers undertook a study that looked at the social determinants of newcomer youth mental health. They conducted a survey and focus groups with youth living in four areas of Toronto to better understand the economic and social conditions that shape their mental health.

June 14, 2013 Playing a balancing act for newcomer women’s health

How does a community health centre meet the health care needs of racialized women from diverse backgrounds? If you ask Notisha Massaquoi, Executive Director of Women’s Health in Women’s Hands (WHWH), it’s by playing a balancing act. The trick is to have a strong mandate and establish the right partnerships, while also remaining flexible to your clients’ changing needs.

June 14, 2013 New forensic early intervention service announced

A new early intervention service for inmates on remand in Canada will provide help to offenders who are at risk of being unfit to stand trial or who may have a defence of not criminally responsible available to them. The intervention was developed by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in partnership with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, with support provided by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

June 14, 2013 Nova Scotia offers first provincial peer support program for mental illness

The government of Nova Scotia has made an investment of $1 million as part of the anniversary of its inaugural mental health and addictions strategy, and will be the first Canadian province to provide a peer support program for those experiencing mental illness. The peer support program will be led by Healthy Minds Cooperative, and will help people move from hospital back to their communities.

June 14, 2013 Women who drop out of high school more likely to have depressed children

Researchers from McGill University, Montreal have found that children of women who dropped out of high school are two times more likely to experience a major bout of depression in early adulthood than children whose moms’ finished high school.

June 14, 2013 Work stress, lifestyle and coronary artery disease (Europe)

A stressful work environment has been associated with a 25 per cent increased risk of developing heart conditions, however new research shows that a healthy lifestyle outside of work may mitigate its effects.

June 14, 2013 Man Therapy campaign (Australia)

The federal government in Australia has invested in a public awareness campaign aimed at suicide prevention for men. “Man Therapy” introduces humour to the topic of men’s mental health through advertisements on television, radio, print, social media and online.