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April 18, 2013 Research Snapshot: Teen immigrants and drug addiction

Stigma towards drug addiction is a research field largely untouched. Even fewer studies look at stigma related to drug addiction among adolescents. A teenager’s developmental stage, their personal experiences, and peer pressure make this period an unpredictable one. Add immigration experiences to those factors, and teenagers’ perceptions and attitudes will vary even more. How do teens from different immigration backgrounds feel about drug addiction?

April 18, 2013 Research Report Round-up: Implementing a woman abuse screening protocol

There is more and more research that shows links between substance use issues and mental health. There also is some evidence to show that trauma is somehow linked to mental health and substance abuse problems.

April 18, 2013 Pan-Canadian Prescription Drug Strategy released

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA), in partnership with the National Advisory Council (NAC) on Prescription Drug Misuse, released a 10-year, pan-Canadian strategy, “First Do No Harm: Responding to Canada’s Prescription Drug Crisis.”

April 18, 2013 Canadian Diabetes Association releases 2013 Clinical Practice Guidelines

The Canadian Diabetes Association released its 2013 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada (the Guidelines) that aim to improve prevention strategies and the quality of care for those living with the disease.

April 18, 2013 Federal Budget 2013 announces funding for affordable housing

The Canadian Federal Budget 2013 has announced an investment of $119 million per year over five years, nearly $600 million in total, to the Homelessness Partnering Strategy using a “Housing First” approach. This funding continues the federal government’s 2008 commitment to housing the homeless when it allocated $110 million to the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)’s At Home/Chez Soi housing demonstration project.

April 18, 2013 Promising interventions to prevent postpartum depression

Numerous studies and meta-analyses have shown that women who receive a psychosocial or psychological intervention are significantly less likely to develop postpartum depression, compared with those receiving standard care.

April 18, 2013 Immediate time after hospital discharge poses high suicide risk (England)

A recent study published in Psychiatric Services found that people with psychiatric illnesses are at extremely high risk for suicide in the immediate weeks post-discharge from hospital. In fact, a retrospective study conducted by researchers from the Centre for Mental Health and Risk at the University of Manchester found that fifty-five per cent of completed suicides happened within the first week after discharge.

April 18, 2013 Rainbow Health Ontario: Call for proposals for creating change

Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO) has begun preparations for its February 2014 conference, “Creating Change Together”. This biennial conference is the only Canadian event focused on the health and wellness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities.

April 18, 2013 Physical Activity – It’s Time to Get Moving panel discussion

The Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (OCDPA ) Panel Discussion Series event, “Physical Activity – It’s Time to Get Moving” is taking place on Friday, May 3, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the University of Toronto. This event is being hosted in conjunction with the Physical Activity Resource Centre (PARC) Symposium which runs May 2-3, 2013.

April 17, 2013 CMHA’s 62nd Annual Mental Health Week will run Monday, May 6 to Sunday, May 12, 2013 and will focus on youth mental health

And this year we’re doing things a little differently! 

While CMHA’s tagline, Mental Health for All, will continue to be used as an important overarching theme during Mental Health Week (MHW), the focus for this year’s MHW is: youth mental health (defined as ages 15 to 24 (approx.) and, as such, includes both high school and university/college students). Included in this youth theme will be parents/ caregivers as they continue to play a key role in the lives of youth and provide critical support.