OPDI NewsToGo Issue #379 – January 24, 2014
Highlights include: Police Shooting Inquest Winding Down; Rob Ford’s Addictions Considered; News; NCR in the News; Peer Support Conference; Research Findings; and More.
Editor’s Note: Please be aware that many online newspaper sites are now behind pay-walls. Not all articles with hyperlinks may be accessible due to circumstances beyond our control; we apologize for the inconvenience.
NEWS AND OPINIONS
1. Police and Mental Health
The Toronto Police shootings inquest of three people with mental health issues this week began deliberations. We have links to stories:
2. Media Commentary on Latest Rob Ford Relapse
A brave admission from a senior writer at the Toronto Sun, and the Toronto Star quotes some experts on how and why Rob Ford needs real help:
3. Not Criminally Responsible in the News
This week’s flashpoint came with an inflammatory column by the Toronto Star’s Rosie DiManno:
Two responses were soon online:
4. Peer Support in Nova Scotia
We announced last year that the Nova Scotia government provided peer support funding for the first time. This interview appears to describe the work of such a peer support group:
5. Correctional Services of Canada Spent $5 Million on Ashley Smith Inquest
This Global News report takes up on how Correctional Services of Canada spent at least $5 million on “legal and administrative costs” with regards to the Ashley Smith inquest. This under-reported exclusive deserves wider distribution:
6. Toronto Social Agency Uses Social Media to Juxtapose Celebrity Culture with Poverty Issues
This ad campaign asks us to consider our priorities:
7. EENet Profiles Mental Health Academic and Peer Researcher
This profile of Jijian Voronka and her work with the MHCC’s At Home/Chez Soi as well as championing the role of peer researchers is well-deserved:
8. Mentally Ill and in Jail in the United States
This radio documentary and website report is indeed stark:
RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS AND RESOURCES
9. How to Quit Smoking
January seems to be a popular month to quit smoking. Health Canada has guides for the adult and young adult on how to do just that:
10.Inactivity Leads to Brain Changes
This article explains some of the problems created when an individual remains inactive:
11.The Emergence of Income Inequality as a Medical Diagnosis
In Nova Scotia, there is a movement afoot to raise patients’ awareness of their income levels and to point them towards appropriate supports – the comments on these articles were unsurprisingly snarky in questioning the high incomes of the physicians themselves:
12.7 Dangerous Email Habits
This article suggests how seven habits involving your email can be dangerous to your mental health:
13.A Canadian Psychiatrist’s Perspective on Antidepressants
We recently posted a link to a story that Canadians were among the highest users of anti-depressants world-wide. Here’s a Canadian psychiatrist’s perspective on this finding:
OPPORTUNITIES AND ANNOUCEMENTS
14.National Conference on Peer Support Postcard
The postcard for the eagerly-awaited National Conference on Peer Support has been made available through a hyperlink:
The organizers suggest contacting them for copies to distribute or to self-print as needed. Early-bird registration is now open!
15.“Flip Your Wig for Justice” Campaign
This is a consciousness-raising and fundraising campaign where on one special day (March 6) participants are encouraged to wear a wig of choice to show their advocacy of increased access to justice programs in Ontario:
16.Police and Mental Health Training Conference
The Toronto Star did a write-up on this upcoming March 2014 Toronto conference:
The Conference registration information is here:
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