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April 5, 2013 Regular family meals serve up teen mental health

Researchers from McGill University in Montreal have found that teens in families who eat dinner together on a regular basis are “….more trusting and generally more emotionally stable compared to those who don’t.” Their research is published in this month’s issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health.

March 31, 2013 Last chance to join the Think Tank on racialized communities, mental health and addictions, and emergency department use

A few webinar spaces remain for the think tank about racialized communities, mental health and addictions, and emergency department (ED) use in Ontario. This webinar will feature live streaming of an event hosted by the Community of Interest (COI) for Racialized Populations and Mental Health and Addictions on March 26, 2013 at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.

March 21, 2013 Free HSJCC webinar on police-emergency department issues

The Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) in partnership with the Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) is hosting a free webinar on Thursday, March 28 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on police-emergency department issues. Police officers, by virtue of their role as emergency responders, are often the first to arrive on the scene of a mental health crisis, and they often accompany individuals to the emergency room. Police officers and emergency room staff can offer unique insight about how to make the emergency room more efficient for all, both in terms of reducing wait-times for police officers and increasing care for the person in crisis. This webinar will highlight strategies for implementing police-emergency department protocols and provide an example of a successful protocol from Hamilton, Ontario.

March 21, 2013 Celebrating ten years: Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance

This year the Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (OCDPA) celebrates its tenth year anniversary. The OCDPA was officially established in February 2003 when it became clear that there was an urgent need for integrated action and collaboration on the issue of chronic disease prevention in Ontario.

March 21, 2013 Research Snapshot: Achieving success when mental health care and justice systems meet

In Canada, people with mental illnesses are three times more likely to get arrested than those without a disorder. The justice system has “diversion programs” to help people with mental illnesses who are charged with, or convicted of, a crime. We know these programs reduce repeat-offender rates and homelessness. But what makes these programs so successful? And what are the challenges of implementing them?

March 21, 2013 Research Report Round-up: Brief mental health services for children and youth

Ontario’s child and youth mental health sector is made up of a fragmented array of services and supports. There is a need to address the problems of this patchwork of services as well as current service gaps, a growing need for services, and long wait lists.

March 21, 2013 Does low income mean reduced access to primary care?

A new audit study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) reveals that family doctors’ offices seem to discriminate against people of low socio-economic status, even though there is no economic incentive to do so under publicly-funded universal health insurance. Furthermore, physicians’ offices appear to give preference to people with chronic health conditions, according to the research led by Dr. Stephen Hwang of St. Michael’s Hospital, in Toronto.

March 21, 2013 Research bursary for junior investigators in psychosocial rehab

Psychosocial Rehabilitation Canada (PSR Canada) and its Ontario Branch have opened applications for their annual research bursary for Canadian junior investigators interested in conducting research in psychosocial/psychiatric rehabilitation.

March 21, 2013 IMPART research fellowships applications now open

Applications are now being accepted for 2013/2014 Fellowships by theIntersections in Mental Health Perspectives Addictions Research Training (IMPART) programme.

March 21, 2013 Postpartum depression may be the tip of the iceberg (USA)

The March online issue of JAMA Psychiatry contains the results of a large-scale study revealing that more than one in five women with postpartum depression also experience other mental disorders. These can include bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders and self-harm ideation. In some cases, these illnesses may actually have been the underlying cause of postpartum depression, but remained undetected until the birth of a child.