OPDI NewsToGo Issue #381 – February 7, 2014
Highlights include: Mental Health Lead Agency; Employment and Disabilities; ER and Peer Support in the News; Tasers; Corrections Canada; Lithium; Psychiatric Medications; Psychosis 2.0 Conference; 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. Upcoming OPDI Internship Webinar
Our next Internship webinar date is February 14 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. If you have completed the OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials™ Program and have received a level 1R you are invited to join if you wish. If this time does not work for you there will be other webinars offered. If you would like to attend the Internship webinar please email email@example.com and the information to login will be sent to you.
2. Mental Health Lead Agency at Work in Guelph and Wellington County
Is this a model for other LHINs? Read this and find out more:
3. Ontario Creates Council for Employment and Disabilities
The Toronto Star got a jump on this upcoming announcement and a critical reaction as well:
4. Emergency Departments in the News
Healthcare professional insensitivity and lack of access to psychologists are two themes arising from this reported incident:
The phenomenon of “frequent flyers” in emergency departments is discussed here:
5. Medical Records and Privacy Concerns
Ontario-based stories recently have been focused on U.S. Border checks and the effect on mental health consumers. Now B.C.’s privacy commissioner has drawn attention to the consequences of police background checks on prospective employees:
Background Checks for Jobs Raise Privacy Concerns
A reminder that the Police Records Check Coalition website is your resource on such matters:
6. Waterloo Regional Police Seek Public Input on Tasers
This item showed up in the Kitchener-Waterloo Record: a police consultation regarding Tasers. This may be become the norm for Ontario municipalities:
7. Stand Up for Mental Health Comedy Group
David Granirer’s work was featured during Bell’s Let’s Talk:
8. Corrections Canada Won’t Respond to Ombudsman Reports
This doesn’t look promising especially after last week’s report on the federal agency spending millions to stonewall testimony at the Ashley Smith inquest:
9. 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):
10.The State of Home Care in Ontario
The Toronto Star’s Queen’s Park columnist had nothing good to say about home care, and the Minister herself replied:
Kathleen Wynne Fails to Act on Growing Healthcare Mess
The response from the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care is this:
Ontario is Expanding Home Care for seniors
11.Canada’s Armed Forces and Homelessness
It may come as a surprise that at least one shelter has dedicated beds for discharged veterans who do not have a place to live:
RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS AND RESOURCES
12.Health Canada Updates Profile on Lithium
Health Canada has issued an update for healthcare professionals who prescribe lithium. We have a plain-language account from the mainstream media; the article has a direct link to the Health Canada bulletin at the end:
13.Peers Help Those Waiting for Mental Health Services
You may have mixed feelings about this innovation, but peers are useful in helping those who are on waitlists for care:
14.Racism, Mental and Physical Stress and the Need for Support
The complex outcomes of racism are underlined in this study:
15.Psychiatric Medications in the News
Newsweek has a feature article on psychiatric medications. One takeaway quote: “We have more deaths in emergency rooms now for prescribed psychiatric medication than we do for street drugs”.
16.What Happens When We Exercise (and When We Sit Around)
Here’s a very detailed graphic of what happens to your body when lying on a chair:
This article details the psychological benefits of exercising:
17.Teenagers, Sleep and Depression
There’s a fourfold risk of depression for teens who do not get enough sleep:
OPPORTUNITIES AND ANNOUCEMENTS
18.Krasman Centre (York Region) WRAP Training and Employment Opportunities (repeat)
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):
19.George Brown Conference on Mental Health
It’s hard to believe that the George Brown College Mental Health Conference is now in its 15th year. This year’s topic: post-secondary mental health – and the agenda and registration form can be found here:
20.Psychosis 2.0 – Save the Date
The flyer for the June 13 Toronto conference is available here:
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