By Amy Ellis Nutt The Washington Post Fri., July 6, 2018 Mental-health problems among college students have been climbing since the 1990s, according to the American Psychological Association. And with services increasingly stretched at campus health centres, students have been taking action themselves through peer-run mental-health clubs and organizations. The approach appears to be paying off, a new study finds. In what they describe as the largest study of its kind, researchers found that across 12 California colleges, such student-run efforts were associated with increased awareness of mental-health issues, reduced stigma and a rise in “helping behaviours.” “Student-organized activities can improve college student mental-health attitudes and play an important role in improving the campus climate with respect to mental health,” said Bradley Stein, a senior physician policy researcher at the Rand Corp. and one of the paper’s lead … [Read more...] about College students are forming mental-health clubs, and they’re making a difference
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By Morgan Campbell Sports Reporter Sat., March 24, 2018 Royce White leads the National Basketball League of Canada in scoring with an average 24.7 points a game. That isn’t a shock. But his 5.7 assists per game, which lead the London Lightning, are surprising given that the six-foot-eight former NBA first-round draft pick plays power forward. Those stats would usually catch the attention of NBA scouts and lead to a shot at the world’s top basketball league. It hasn’t been that simple for White, who was diagnosed with anxiety as a teenager. And five years after a series of bitter disagreements with NBA teams over strategies to manage his condition, the 26-year-old White isn’t convinced the league will welcome him back, even as its attitude toward mental illness evolves. The NBA announced last week it would hire a director of mental health and wellness, a significant step for a league that previously addressed mental health under its drug … [Read more...] about NBA makes progress on mental health, but is it ready for Royce White?
Mental health is defined as one’s state of wellbeing, and includes emotional, psychological and social welfare. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), good health is not only the absence of disease or disorder, but the optimum condition that allows a person to realize his/her potential, cope with the normal stresses of life and live a productive life. It influences how someone feels, thinks and acts. It affects how someone relates to other people, solves problems and makes choices in life. Unfortunately, many people often ignore their mental wellbeing and don’t take serious consideration of symptoms of mental health issues when they appear. The myths surrounding mental health problems also seem to contribute to one's decision to take action and seek help when their psychological wellbeing is in jeopardy. There are many myths about mental health disorders. Here are some of the most common and the antidotes to those perspectives: Mental health … [Read more...] about Debunking myths about mental health
By Robert Benzie Queen's Park Bureau Chief Wed., March 21, 2018 Ontario’s Liberal government is promising $2.1 billion in additional mental health funding over the next four years. Premier Kathleen Wynne made the pre-budget announcement Wednesday at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. The new money is over and above the $3.8 billion already being spent annually on mental health services and comes against the backdrop of a June 7 election that public opinion polls suggest will be challenging for the governing Liberals. “We know there can be no health without mental health,” Wynne told a packed news conference also attended by Finance Minister Charles Sousa, Health Minister Helena Jaczek, Education Minister Indira Naidoo-Harris, and Community and Social Services and Children and Youth Services Minister Michael Coteau. “No one in Ontario should struggle to access mental health or addictions care for themselves or their loved … [Read more...] about Kathleen Wynne announces $2.1 billion in new mental health funding over four years
By Courtney Greenberg Special to the Star Mon., March 19, 2018 Loizza Aquino wants to talk about mental health — and she’s inviting her peers to join her. The 18-year-old Philippines native started a nonprofit organization called Peace of Mind three years ago in Winnipeg, where she grew up, as a safe space for youth to share experiences and “normalize” the conversation surrounding mental health and suicide. She’s now bringing it to Toronto. “I lost my best friend to suicide. It changed my whole perspective on life in general. I was so young and so was he, and I’d known him ever since I was in elementary school,” she said. “That’s why I created my own nonprofit at the age of 15 because I realized that the things lacking, in terms of mental health, were conversation, awareness and education.” Aquino is now a University of Toronto student and mental health advocate. After hosting four Peace of Mind events … [Read more...] about Peace of Mind aims to create safe spaces for youths to talk about mental health