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June 14, 2013 Ombudsman cracks down on excessive force in correctional institutions

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.

June 14, 2013 Sudbury study finds significant link between social inequity and mental health-related ER use

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.

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.