OPDI News & Events

OPDI NewsToGo Issue #386 – March 21, 2014

Highlights include: Medical Marijuana Court Decision; Safe Injection Sites; Police Shooting News Feature; Toronto Police Records Check Backlog; ER and Crisis; Legal Capacity Papers; Apps; News; and More.

 

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Highlights include: Medical Marijuana Court Decision; Safe Injection Sites; Police Shooting News Feature; Toronto Police Records Check Backlog; ER and Crisis; Legal Capacity Papers; Apps; News; 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. To minimize the impact of pay-walls, consider regularly clearing your browser cookies.

NEWS AND OPINIONS

1.   Court Ruling on Medical Marijuana

A last-minute legal ruling has allowed current registered medical marijuana users to keep their home-grown plants:

Medical Marijuana Users Can Continue to Grow Their Own Pot, Court Rules

For more background information on this situation, we offer two earlier stories:

Medical Marijuana Patients Fuming Over Health Canada’s Brutal Punitive Rules

Medical Marijuana Users Worry about Lack of Commercial Supply

 

2.   Safe Injection Sites in the News

In Ottawa, local action (or the lack thereof) is making news:

Group Blasts Shameful Silence of Ottawa Public Health

More Discarded Needles Being Found in Ottawa Suburbs

Toronto residents in a survey seem to be in favour of a safe injection site; please see the fourth paragraph of the newsletter for details:

Poll Shows Approval for Toronto Safe Injection Site Downtown

In this roundtable discussion (through submitted articles for a debate) on drug abuse, the Insite approach is described:

Room for Debate:  Lowering the Deadly Cost of Drug Abuse

 

3.   Why Did Durham Police Shoot and Kill a Naked Man?

This in-depth feature on another recent police shooting (this time in Durham County) with the victim showing symptoms of epilepsy and behaving erratically as a result raises questions about the police intervention and the follow-up investigation:

Why did Durham Police Shoot and Kill a Naked Man?

 

4.   Police Records Check Situation in Toronto

On the heels of positive changes to police records check, we now have a situation in Toronto where the backlog of necessary checks are affecting people personally; moreover, “in-house” checks will no longer be free for City positions:

Background Check Backlog Puts Thousands of Jobs in Limbo

Police Services Board Ends Free Background Checks for City Hires

A note of caution:  with fiscal pressures common to so many Ontario municipalities, a similar situation is likely to exist with many local police forces and localities as well.

 

5.   Self-Help in Action in Barrie

This is a heartwarming low-key story of a self-help group in Barrie written by a very mature and empathetic co-op secondary school student:

“A Caring Ear” in Barrie Offers Help to Those in Need

 

6.   Reconsidering Health Policy from a Social Determinants Perspective

Rather than pre-screening people for entry into the healthcare system, this doctor suggests that government create “winning conditions” for good health by considering the social determinants of health in this op-ed:

We Don’t Need the Health Police

A recent poll shows that Ontarians are aware of the effects of health inequity caused by poverty:

The Majority of Ontario Residents Think Poverty and Privilege are contributing to Ill Health

 

7.   Law Commission of Ontario Releases Research Papers on Legal Capacity

The Law Commission of Ontario sought out research papers last year with regards to legal capacity for people with disabilities.  Those papers were released earlier this year, and are now available:

Legal Capacity, Decision-making, and Guardianship

 

8.   A Critical Look at ER and Crisis

The author, a professional counsellor with an interest in alternative and holistic ways of helping people in crisis, takes a closer look at the way things are today in the emergency department and reflects on what can change for the better:

http://www.madinamerica.com/2014/03/hospitalization-crisis-crisis-care/

 

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS AND RESOURCES

9.   Youth With Lived Experience Contribute to an App

In this offering from EENet.ca, the Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Knowledge Exchange Network, we find out about an app aimed at youth mental health and in fact developed by those with lived experience:

Be Safe:  Youth with Lived Experience Contribute Expertise

The app will be available April 1.  For more information, please see the website:

http://www.mindyourmind.ca/interactive/be-safe

 

10.The Journal “Psychiatric Bulletin” Entire Issue:  Reviewing CTOs

The writer of this opinion piece on Community Treatment Orders begins by referring to the recent journal’s issue on this subject:

http://pb.rcpsych.org/content/38/1.toc

He then goes into a critical analysis of whether they work as opposed to their infringement of human rights.  Although it is a British perspective, the legislation discussed is similar to Ontario’s.

Community Treatment Orders:  Good, Bad or Ugly?

 

11.Playing with this App Can Reduce Anxiety

This journal article suggests that playing with a mental health app will reduce anxiety after a period of time:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140318111900.htm

The app is called “Psych Me Up” and can be downloaded here (versions available for the IPhone/IPad and Android):

http://www.mindhabits.com/mobileapps.php

 

12.Natural Herb Used for Mood Disorders Linked with Contraceptive Failure

In the past, St. John’s wort has been touted as a natural alternative for people seeking relief from mood disorders.  A British study has discovered that this herb can interfere with contraception:
St. John’s wort Blights Contraceptive

 

OPPORTUNITIES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

13.National Network for Mental Health Membership Drive (repeat)

This Canada-wide voice for persons with lived experience of mental health issues has a newly redesigned website:

http://www.nnmh.ca

Individuals, supportive individuals and partner organizations are eligible to become members.  You can find out more here:

http://nnmh.ca/members/

 

14.Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression, and Service Delivery (repeat)

Across Boundaries, the Mental Health Commission of Canada and the Centre for Research on Inner City Health invite you to a presentation and discussion around how to measure anti-racism and anti-oppression (AR/AO) principles and practices in the context of service delivery.  For more information on this March 28th Toronto event, please Click here for more information and to RSVP.

 

15.Peer Support Worker Opportunity (CMHA York and South Simcoe)

This permanent part-time position is advertised in Charity Village (deadline March 31st, 2014):

https://charityvillage.com/jobs/search-results/job-detail.aspx?id=290391&l=2

 

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