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.
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.
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.
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.
Camille Quenneville, CEO of Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario, is very pleased to announce that Joe Kim has joined CMHA Ontario as the Director of Communications. Joe brings vast experience to this job, having most recently managed all communications for the city of Orillia, and from his time at Queen’s Park working for provincial cabinet ministers. A former journalist, Joe will help CMHA Ontario develop consistent communications; assist branches with their local needs; play a key role in the “branding” efforts of the association at all three levels of the organization and ensure Canadian Mental Health Association’s presence in all forms of media – social, electronic and print.
On May 9, Partners for Mental Health and CMHA launched the “Not Myself Today” campaign with the aim of soliciting funds and support for improving mental health in the workplace.
Linda Chamberlain, a psychiatric survivor and award-winning mental health champion, has published a book sharing her inspiring journey through illness and homelessness.
One of the goals of early intervention services for psychosis (often called EIP) is to help clients to recover fully. Services can include helping them find and hold a job after they have been diagnosed with a psychotic disorder, facilitating their return to school, or promoting long-term career planning. When people receiving EIP services are not financially secure, they often rely on government disability income. While this income can help them deal with the financial burdens of mental illness, it can also discourage them from seeking or keeping a job and other career development activities.
Relying on emergency programs to help the homeless is expensive. A report by the Homeless Hub tries to answer the following questions: Do the current expenditures to provide emergency services to homeless individuals make sense? What is the best way to deal with homelessness in Canada? Could we actually save money by housing people and preventing them from becoming homeless in the first place, rather than letting them continue to use emergency shelters and day programs?
A recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) finds that youth who are exposed to suicides among their peers are more at risk for suicides themselves. This phenomenon, known as “suicide contagion,” was recently studied to understand if there are at-risk youth groups that require unique interventions when exposed to suicides among their peer group, particularly amongst their school mates. While existing research exists, it does not account for who is most vulnerable to suicide contagion.