OPDI NewsToGo Issue #469 January 29, 2015
Highlights include: Post-Forcillo Verdict Stories and Commentaries; Ontario Funds Children and Youth MH; Anti-Depressants Study Reveals Underplayed Suicide Risks; Opioids in the News; Canadian PM Spends a Hour Talking Mental Health on "The Social"; News; and More.
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NEWS AND OPINIONS
1. Toronto Peer Support Training Update
The Toronto Peer Support Core Essentials ™ training is still looking for interested participants and we are aiming for a March 2016 date. Please direct your expression of interest to email@example.com and check NewsToGo for details.
2. Ontario Newsroom
Ontario is Hiring for the Children and Youth Mental Health Sector:
Investing $6 Million to Support Early Intervention
We have a news report from Lambton County where the direct impact of the funding is made clearer:
Youth Mental Health Unit Expanding
Rural, remote, and Northern Communities are being prioritized in two initiatives that address violence against women:
Ontario Helping Northern, Rural, and Remote Communities Address Violence Against Women
Here is a media story with further background on the announcement:
Funding to Help Abused Women Hiked $1M
The Ontario government is reminding the public, organizations and businesses that there are a few ways of offering input into the coming provincial budget:
Ontario Seeking Public Input to Help Develop the 2016 Ontario Budget
More progress has been reported on the Ontario Retirement Savings Plan, which is scheduled to start January 1, 2017 and will affect the community mental health and addictions sector, where most employees do not have defined private pensions:
Province Completes Design of the Ontario Retirement Savings Plan
The province is indirectly cutting down on smoking with a strengthened contraband enforcement unit of the OPP:
Ontario Creating New Enforcement Team to Combat Contraband Tobacco
The Summer Company Program offers students grants to start their own businesses:
Applications Open for Summer Company Program
3. Bell Let's Talk Day (Alternative Perspectives)
This past Wednesday saw an outpouring of social messaging about mental health, and OPDI did its share. However, these divergent opinions deserve reading:
This article is from pressprogress.ca, an online left-of-centre news website of the Broadbent Institute:
Let's Talk About Funding a Real Mental Health Strategy, Canada
The Torontoist is an alternative news source:
Let's Talk About the Corporatization of Mental Health
This riposte comes from the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson's blog:
OK, Let's Talk: A Response to the Bell Let's Talk Campaign
4. Interesting Commentary and Stories Following the Forcillo Verdict
Pat Capponi and Jennifer Chambers of the Empowerment Council were asked for their opinions:
"Compromise" Verdict in James Forcillo Trial Gets Mixed Reaction
TV Ontario's "The Agenda" posted a blog entry with feedback from 4 community representatives, including Bob Rose, the PARC worker who was a friend of Edmond Yu:
Is There Justice in the Sammy Yatim Verdict?
A former OPP Commissioner offers his opinion:
OP-ED: Forcillo had Options Other than Shooting to Kill
Meanwhile the trial's ramifications continue:
Ontario Weighs Changes on Suspending Police Officers with Pay
Tasering of Sammy Yatim After Being Shot May be a Chargeable Offence
James Forcillo's Time Behind Bars Could be Years Away
Forcillo's Five-Year Mandatory Minimum Could Go to Supreme Court
5. Addictions in the News
A CIBC economist believes that if marijuana were legalized and sales were regulated/taxed by the federal and provincial governments along the lines of other "sin tax" products like alcohol and tobacco, there could be $5 billion in new revenues annually:
Tax Revenue from Legal Pot Could Hit $5 Each Year, CIBC Says
A British study has discovered that 60% of alcohol sales in the U.K. are going to problem drinkers, who are indeed the industry's best customers. Does this have relevance to the Canadian and Ontario jurisidctions?
Problem Drinkers Account for Most of Alcohol Industry's Sales, Figures Reveal
This editorial reminds us that the Conservatives were able to pass their "Respect for Communities" Act which extended the onerous conditions for getting approval for supervised injection sites, and urges the current government to do the right thing:
Dawson: Evidence-based Government? Let's Open Supervised Injection Sites
6. A Contrarian View of Peer Support and the Upcoming April 2016 National Conference (UPDATE)
An outspoken family member tells us what's wrong with peer support, the MHCC, and many other things:
Peer Mental Health Workers Need Better Training
The comments following the article are instructive. They are now up to 66 and a colleague (hello, Dianne) has chimed in.
7. Forensic Psychiatric Units, Nurses, and Violent Attacks
This article sets out the circumstances in which these incidents are increasingly taking place:
Attacks by Patients on Nurses Called Rampant
9. Follow Up: Federal and Provincial Health Ministers' Joint Summit Statement
The statement is here.
Please note where mental health is mentioned.
10. Toronto's Poverty Strategy: Underfunded and Keeping All the Unsuccessful Programs
Here is an incisive analysis (with commentary by Pat Capponi) that looks at where the money is going and why that may not work:
The Impact of an Underfunded Poverty Reduction Strategy
RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS AND RESOURCES
11. Research into Anti-depressants Downplayed Suicide Risks
The study of more than 70 drug trials involving 18,000 peoplefound a doubling of risk of suicide for those under 18 years old:
Anti-depressants "Likely Increase Suicide in All Ages" and Manufacturers Under-report Side Effects
12. Preventing Harm in Hospitals (Related Reading -- Voice of Hope Newsletter)
As part of emerging practices, the author suggests that peers coaching peers is a rational and successful alternative through collaborative learning:
Reducing Preventable Harm in Hospitals
Incidentally, the winter issue of "Voice of Hope" from Waypoint Patient/Client and Family Council's theme is about Isolation, a possible factor in such incidents:
Voice of Hope December 2015
13. Sobering Findings About Opioids
This study seems to confirm that people who are prescribed opioids are more likely to experience depression subsequently:
Long-Term Opioid Use Linked to Depression
Another study revealed that having a month's use of opioids, patients' brains experienced changes in the areas of the brain that regulated emotions, cravings, and pain:
Study Links Morphine to Brain Changes
14. E-Mental Health Profiled in this News Report
Online Support: E-Mental Health Services Can Reduce Wait Times
15. CAMH Introduces Psychiatry in Primary Care Toolkit
We have a CAMH blog entry and a news story on the roll-out of this new educational electronic resource:
Portico Network Launches at CAMH
Help for Health Care Providers Who Need Help Treating Patients with Mental Illness
ADVICE (NOT PEER-REVIEWED)
16. Why Knitting is as Relaxing as Meditating
This columnist weaves anecdotes and several peer-reviewed studies to make the point that knitting is a healthy activity:
The Health Benefits of Knitting
OPPORTUNITIES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
17. AMHO and CMHA Ontario Request for Proposals: Quality Improvement for the Mental Health and Addictions Sector
Please refer to this Charity Village posting for more information.
18. Job Postings
Colleges Ontario, the Council of Ontario Universities, the College Student Alliance and the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario have developed a provincial hub to support existing and new initiatives that address the mental health needs of postsecondary students. They require a Knowledge Mobilization Lead.
CMHA Toronto is hiring a Job Coach for its Employment Services on a Part-Time Casual Basis.
19. MUST-SEE TV (update)
The streaming video "Hold Your Fire", a documentary about police shootings and the mentally ill, has been broadcast on CBC, but is now available for viewing online. Please refer to the website for more information and a link to the documentary:
Firsthand: Hold Your Fire
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sat down with the hosts of the entertainment panel "The Social" for an hour to talk about mental health January 27th:
The Prime Minister @ The Social: A Bell Let's Talk Day Special
20. Dianne Stringer's Story on YouTube
This is a 20 minute video of her own storytelling:
Walking with Wellness
21. Bell Let's Talk Community Fund
Upon the heels of "Bell Let's Talk Day", let's not forget that Bell offers grants of $5 - 25,000 to organizations to fund mental health initiatives across the country. You can find out more:
Bell Let's Talk Community Fund
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