The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has released a new provincial summary report: Reducing Alcohol-Related Harms and Costs in Ontario. The goal of the project was to encourage more uptake of evidence-informed prevention and policy initiatives that reduce alcohol-related harms in Canada. This project documented current alcohol policy initiatives across Canada, drawing comparisons between each provincial approach.. It also highlighted policy strengths in each of these jurisdictions, providing recommendations on how to improve weaker policy areas and disseminate this up-to-date information to major stakeholders and policymakers in each jurisdiction.
After construction delays, the transfer of 15 mental health beds to St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) is now being planned for January, 2014, with related ambulatory services moving in December 2013. Construction at the STEGH facility led to transfer of the 15 acute care beds to Regional Mental Health Care London while ambulatory services were relocated within the City of St. Thomas. The transfer to STEGH this fall will be the fourth and final transfer.
Parental monitoring is considered to be important to help reduce depressive symptoms in teenagers. But recently, it’s been found that researchers have been assessing parental knowledge, rather than parental monitoring, to find out what role parenting plays in depression among teens.
There is a lack of Canadian studies on the mental health of newcomer youth. To remedy this, researchers asked newcomer youth living in four areas of Toronto about the economic and social conditions that shape their mental health.
New data released by Statistics Canada (StatsCan) shows that more than one fifth (22.7 percent) of Canadians found most days were “quite a bit or extremely stressful” in 2012. This figure is down slightly from 23.6 percent in 2011. The numbers come from the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), an on-going StatsCan survey that collects a range of information about Canadian health.
In a new report, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) examines the emerging municipal response to accommodate an aging population. Seniors are the fastest growing age group in Canada; the number of people 65 and over will double in the next 25 years, making older adults roughly one quarter of the population by 2036.
The Canadian Homelessness Research Network and the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness have released a joint study considered to be the first national report card on homelessness. It highlights the current homelessness situation in Canada, explores initiatives that are advancing the reduction of homelessness, and sets out recommendations to continue making improvements.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada’s 2009 study on the barriers and opportunities for employment for persons with mental health disabilities has been released. The main sections include a literature review on employment for persons with mental illness, an overview of provincial disability programs and work incentives/disincentives, an environmental scan of social businesses and workplace issues, and a comprehensive list of recommendations. The first two sections are explored in this article.
The Canadian Active After School Partnership (CAASP) is starting a project to educate after school program leaders and decision-makers about promoting mental health for all children and youth, specifically highlighting the link between mental health and participation in quality active after-school programs. The project will also provide targeted information for girls and young women, Aboriginal children and youth, as well as children and youth with disabilities.
The Health Council of Canada has released a new pan-Canadian video series featuring innovative practices that are tackling wait times for patients in various health care settings. The first video is about Advanced Access in Thompson, Manitoba and the second video is about Orthopedic Central Intake in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.