By Robert Cribb Investigative Reporter Anne-Marie Jackson Toronto Star Thu., May 10, 2018 Crayons are the only writing tools you’ll find on the third floor of Southlake Regional Health Centre’s psychiatric intensive-care unit in Newmarket. Patients must sign them out and return them to staff, without exception. Morning shaves and grooming in the one bathroom require nurses to stand alongside patients who stare into mirrors that don’t shatter. When daily grooming is complete, all toiletries — from toothbrushes to razors — are returned to the nursing station. In the spartan rooms where gowned residents spend their days — because they aren’t able to go outside — it’s getting crowded. To handle the overflow, a former meeting room has been turned into a makeshift patient room. Some rooms on the floor designed for one patient now have three. Ontario’s growing mental health demands have strained … [Read more...] about We spent two days inside one of York Region’s most crowded mental health units. One patient worried ‘it’s not good for our recovery’
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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?
caption David Hogg, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, speaks at a rally calling for more gun control three days after the shooting at his school, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on February 17, 2018. source Thomson Reuters US politicians like President Donald Trump have blamed recent deadly shootings on individuals’ mental health problems. But mental health issues aren’t predictive of violent outbursts: Although one in five Americans struggle with mental illness, people with mental health problems account for just 3% of violent crime. There is a different, notable link between violence and mental illness: People with major mental illnesses are 2.5 times more likely to be the victims of violent outbursts than the general public. As mass shootings by young, angry men armed with machine guns become deadlier and more frequent in the US, politicians like President Donald … [Read more...] about There’s a surprisingly strong link between mental health and gun violence, but it probably isn’t what you think
THERE is no HEALTH – when there is no mental health! Mental health is defined by the World Health Organization as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. Hence, when one is not mentally healthy – it is impossible for that person to attain HEALTH. Here in the Philippines, it is undeniable that there is still a stigma attributed to mental health issues. When one is taking a medicine to augment brain or mind problems – people will consider him or her as harmful and violent. The life of a mentally ill becomes more difficult when the symptoms can be controlled and they can also live better lives. Recently, the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses Association of the Philippines (PMHNAP) - with Dr. Ronnell D. Dela Rosa, RN, RM, as the President, organized a 2nd Annual Convention last December 12 … [Read more...] about PMHNAP: Mainstreaming Mental Health in Community Nurses as Front Liners
THE World Health Organization (WHO) in 2008 has launched the Mental Health Gap Action Program addressing the lack of care (mhGap) from people suffering from mental illness, neurological disorder and substance abuse. Since the resources available to help the mentally ill, especially in the low and middle-income of a community are limited - the mhGap tool was carefully made in order to integrate mental health into primary care. According to Margaret Chan, the Director General of the WHO - the mhGap intervention guide has been developed through a systematic review of evidence, followed by an international consultative and participatory process. It provides the full range of recommendations to facilitate high quality care at first hand and second level facilities by the non-specialist health care providers in resource-poor settings. Truly, it is a simple step by step guide that begins from the "General Principles of Care" and to the "Master Chart" which provides the common presentations … [Read more...] about Mental Health Gap