OPDI NewsToGo Issue #380 – January 31, 2014
Highlights include: Many Ontario Government Announcements; Medical Records and Border Crossings; Peer Support News; Research Updates; Peer Support Workers Opportunities; 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
This past week marked “Bell Let’s Talk Day” on Tuesday, January 28th and resulted in a tsunami of media articles on mental health and addictions. We will have more coverage in next week’s issue as well.
1. Ontario Government Announcements on Health Care
Ontario announced the Medical Psychiatry Alliance and allocated $60 million dollars in new funding:
Here’s a TV report on the announcement:
New investments in seniors’ care were also highlighted:
Diabetes 2 care also made the news this past week:
2. Ontario Increases Minimum Wage
In terms of fighting poverty, it was only a small step, but in the right direction:
The announcement was made at the Centre for Social Innovation building on Bathurst Street in Toronto in the ground floor café. OPDI’s “hot desk” is on the second floor of the office building:
3. Nursing Home Operators Ask for Government Assistance
Operators of nursing homes have appealed to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for additional funding to help keep aggressive residents in check:
4. Medical Records and Border Crossings
In the most recent issue of CMHA Ontario’s Mental Health Notes, there is a summary of the developments since revelations of disclosure of mental health records being used to forbid people from crossing the American border:
Ontario’s Privacy Commissioner has taken a proactive stance on this issue:
5. Ottawa Police Go All Out to Publicize Mental Health Unit
Not only have Ottawa police begun a mental health unit partnering with a psychiatrist, they are leveraging the use of social media to spread the word:
6. Recreational Xanax Use
A semi-famous Canadian was in the news recently after having marijuana and Xanax found in his blood system after being arrested. Here’s a description of what having this anti-anxiety medication can do to your mood:
7. Peer Support in the Military (U.S.)
Given the negative publicity around the recent suicides of Canadian armed forces veterans, this Veterans’ Administration profile of peer support seems like an exemplary role model:
8. Peer Support in the Emergency Department
Here’s a write-up of peer supporters and their role in the Emergency Department (with sidebars to other links):
9. The Unwelcome Emergency Department (for those in a Mental Health Crisis)
In this perceptive blog entry, Victoria Maxwell (a.k.a. the Bipolar Princess) pipes up about the inappropriate environment that is the emergency department when it comes to consumers with psychiatric crises:
RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS AND RESOURCES
10.Childhood Trauma and Psychosis
An aggregate study of 125 papers puts forth the strong case for a connection between childhood trauma and later psychosis:
Here’s the original journal article:
11.Mental Disability and Abusive Relationships
The results of a Women’s College Hospital study are laid out here:
12.The Subtle Mental Effects of Clutter
Productivity goes down with clutter:
13.Valproic Acid’s Mixed Profile
Prescribed for epilepsy and as a mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder, scientists have positive findings on this anticonvulsant medication after being tested in animals:
14.Caffeine Use and Inadequate Labelling
Here’s a sobering look at the overuse of this common stimulant:
OPPORTUNITIES AND ANNOUCEMENTS
15.Krasman Centre (York Region) WRAP Training and Employment Opportunities
This CSI received ongoing base funding from the Central LHIN for peer navigators in the emergency departments of North York General and Southlake Regional Health Centre, taking the warm-line to 24 hours from its present 12 hours per day and lots of WRAP/FRAP courses and facilitator training. Please check their website for all the details (see the sidebar announcements):
PDFs for your information below:
16.National Conference on Peer Support Postcard (repeat)
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!
17.Healthy Minds App Created by the Royal Ottawa Hospital
Monitor your mental health with this App for Apple IOS:
18.Peer Support Workers Opportunities (Toronto and York Region)
MDAO Family Peer Support Worker (deadline February 3, 2o14)
Peer Support Specialist, Homes Plus Care (deadline February 6, 2014)
Peer Support Worker, Community Opioid Program
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