According to the 2013 National College Health Assessment survey of 32 post-secondary institutions in Canada, 38 percent of students reported feeling “so depressed it was difficult to function,” and almost 10 percent had seriously considered suicide. While many postsecondary institutions offer mental health services, very few have comprehensive, overarching mental health strategies.
Studies show that youth text an average of 3,000 times a month and always have their mobile phones on them. In line with this research, LOFT Community Services field staff now use mobile technology to support and be better linked with transitional-aged youth with mental health and/or addiction issues in the downtown Toronto area.
Major depression is one of the most common mental health problems. About one in six Canadians will experience an episode of depression during their lifetime. To address this issue, there is a new evidence-based resource available that inform individuals about effective treatments for depression. The online resource is called Informed Choices About Depression.
Jillian Peterson, PhD, conducted a study on 142 offenders with a serious mental illness in the United States who committed 429 crimes. The study looked specifically at three major types of mental illnesses including depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorders and asked participants to provide a criminal history and mental health symptoms for the past 15 years.
The Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health has launched a new policy paper, Pathways to care for youth with concurrent mental health and substance use disorders.
This paper examines the unique challenges faced by young people experiencing both mental health and addiction issues. It describes current efforts to bridge the gaps in the system and suggests system- and service-level changes that could improve the availability, timeliness, coordination and effectiveness of services across sectors for youth presenting with concurrent disorders.
Would you like to see an effective, accessible and coordinated mental health system that makes sense for Ontario children, youth and families? Are you a service provider, leader, researcher, youth or family member who’s ready to put your experience to work at the provincial level? The Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health wants to hear from you!
CMHA Ontario has offered its support to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) as the force launched a new mental health screening tool that will help officers assist individuals experiencing a mental health crisis receive suitable care.
Equity issues have a significant and often negative impact on the people, communities and health care system of Ontario. Consider that:
- Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers.
- People with mental health issues face discrimination in employment, housing and many other essential and health-promoting areas of life.
- Northern Ontarians face the highest rates of depression, hospitalization and medication use, but have access to less comprehensive, available and accessible mental health services and supports.
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario is concerned about these and other equity issues impacting the people of this province, and is taking steps to initiate dialogue and action in the mental health system.
More than two dozen staff volunteers from CMHA Ontario and CMHA Toronto hit the streets of downtown Toronto to kick off Mental Health Week (MHW) and encourage people to think about the importance of their mental health
People in the Greater Toronto Area have been reminded that it is Mental Health Week (May 5-11) 2014 in a very special way.