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February 21, 2013 Insomnia and feelings of hopelessness can be deadly (USA)

In a small but interesting study out of the USA, researchers have found a link between insomniacs who experience despair over getting a good night’s sleep, and a higher risk for suicide.

February 21, 2013 FDA warns sleeping pills may impair driving next morning (USA)

The most recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association(JAMA), contains a warning from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about the use of the sleep medication zolpidem and its prolonged effects, even after eight hours, in some individuals.

February 7, 2013 Pooling Ideas on healthy living programs for mental health

Minding Our Bodies will be hosting a one-day knowledge exchange and networking forum, Pooling Ideas, in Toronto on March 15, 2013. Pooling Ideas will showcase the most promising practices based on the 2012/2013 Minding Our Bodies-funded programs. Program coordinators/ managers and allied partners will share what works in physical activity and healthy eating programming to support people at risk of, or living with, mental health and addiction issues.

February 7, 2013 CMHA Durham Exemplary Accreditation Status extended

Following an extensive accreditation process in the fall of 2012, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Durham Branch (CMHA Durham) was delighted to receive a three-year Exemplary Standing by Accreditation Canada.

February 7, 2013 Need to enhance communications with correctional facilities?

On January 22, 2013 the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) in partnership with the Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) hosted a webinar on communicating with correctional facilities. This webinar is now available for viewing online on the HSJCC Community of Interest Web Portal.

February 7, 2013 Poor quality employment results from outcome-based funding models

A study recently selected for the American Psychological Association online journal, APA PsycNET, and published in the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, finds that the rapid job placement strategy utilized in the Ontario Disability Support Program’s (ODSP) employment supports services has resulted in low quality, low-paying jobs which are limited in opportunities for career development for people living with mental illness.

February 7, 2013 Increased support for smoking cessation

As part of Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care and its goal of having the lowest smoking rate in Canada, the provincial government is increasing access to smoking cessation aids to help smokers quit the habit. Forty-one community health centres across Ontario are now able to provide over-the-counter nicotine cessation aids and counseling, at no cost.

February 7, 2013 Temiskaming and Timmins are Health Links “early adopters”

The North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN) is supporting the communities of Temiskaming and Timmins in developing Health Links; an important part of Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care. Health Links provide more rapid, integrated access to family health care and that is particularly important for patients with complex conditions such as seniors, those with multiple chronic diseases, and those with mental illness and addictions. These segments of the population require more than regular care, from a variety of professionals. By helping health service providers stay connected every time a patient accesses care, Health Links will improve the coordination and delivery of care.

February 7, 2013 Research Snapshot: What do physicians say about centralized intake services for youth mental health?

For many youth, their family doctor is the main source of mental health help information; however some patients will need more specialized services. To make sure that these youth receive the treatment they need, doctors must be able to easily refer them to the appropriate services. Centralized intake (CI) for mental health referrals is a single-entry gateway for patients to access specialized mental health services.

February 7, 2013 Rounding up Research Reports: Child welfare changes

In July 2012, Ontario set up a working group to build a plan for fundamental change to the child welfare system. EENet’s new Research Report Round-up presents a summary of “Blueprint for Fundamental Change to Ontario’s Child Welfare System – Final Report of the Youth Leaving Care Working Group,” the working group’s recommendations and advice on the relative priority of these changes.