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Archive for: mental

Apartment block for people with mental health challenges gets $11.9M

A new 45-unit apartment building in East Kildonan will provide safe, affordable homes for families and adults with mental health challenges, the federal and provincial governments announced this morning. The two governments are contributing...


Mental health group says Parliament’s tough stance on mentally ill offenders won’t reduce crime

Mental health group says Parliament’s tough stance on mentally ill offenders won’t reduce crime

The Conservative government’s tough stand on mentally ill offenders likely won’t reduce crime and could have just the opposite result, say leaders of the country’s forensic mental health organizations who are drafting a letter...


Mental health patients track moods by smartphone

Hoping to prevent a crisis before one starts, a team of Canadian researcher has put smartphones in the hands of 400 people struggling with schizophrenia and depression _mdash; with astounding results. Canadian Online Health News


B.C. to start work on $82M mental health centre in Vancouver this fall

VANCOUVER — The B.C. government says work will begin this fall on an $ 82 million mental health treatment centre in Vancouver. The Province – News / Vancouver


Mental illness: Suicide, schizophrenia and one family’s losing battle to save their son

In the weeks before he stood on the edge of the Leaside Bridge, Kit Skelly wrote frankly about the delusions that consumed him. One day walking down the street, birds chirped overhead. Then they spoke to him, heckling, taunting him, and hurling...


(N.B.) Mental health care is improving, Flemming says

New Brunswick’s Minister of Health says his government is committed to continued improvements to mental health care services in the province. CBC | Health News


Mental health organizations, researcher criticize proposed changes to legislation

Several mental health organizations, meanwhile, have formed an alliance to push for changes to the bill, which is due for second reading Friday. They say the government’s messaging goes against earlier pledges to fight the stigma associated...


From autism to depression: Largest genetic study shows mental disorders share genetic kinks

From autism to depression: Largest genetic study shows mental disorders share genetic kinks

The largest genetic study of mental illnesses to date finds five major disorders may not look much alike but they share some gene-based risks. The surprising discovery comes in the quest to unravel what causes psychiatric disorders and how to...


Follow human rights code on mental health

While the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) last month produced its own version of an employer’s duty to accommodate, it has yet to receive any consideration from Canadian courts or human rights tribunals. The voluntary national...


Robinson: Achieving mental health balance a herculean task

The Canadian Mental Health Association says, “Maintaining our mental health means striking a balance in all aspects of your life: social, physical, spiritual, economic and mental.” I can’t say that I know anyone that has achieved...


Why Bell chose to champion mental health

A day of heavy texting and tweeting injected some $ 4.8-million into Canada’s mental health system, as cellphone users across the country took up Bell Media’s offer to donate 5 cents for every message sent that mentioned the company’s...


Stigma of mental illness persists

Stigma of mental illness persists

At least one in four Canadians will experience some form of mental illness during their lifetime, according to medical experts, and almost all of us will be affected by it through family, friends or colleagues. Ottawa Citizen – Health


Clara Hughes: ‘I want to erase the stigma’ of mental health issues

Months after retiring from professional sports, Olympic medallist Clara Hughes talks about her brush with depression and the Bell Let’s Talk campaign… Health – Google News


Mental health fix affordable

Dr. Sandy Simpson identifies the barriers to accessing mental health care in the community as well as the justice system. Regrettably, the Ashley Smith case is also a manifestation of our failure to provide adequate funding for mental health services… health...


Police, psychiatrist improve response to mental health calls

A pilot project in Ottawa teams a doctor with police officers to reduce the number of calls for police that result in people with mental-health concerns either being sent to emergency rooms or being arrested. The newly formed team is made up...