A teenager comes out to his family and his parents spend the night yelling, crying and blaming their child for being gay. They take their child to a “doctor” that claims he can make their child straight. This teenager is enrolled in a Gay Conversion Therapy program against his will and constantly told that he is immoral and evil. He will experience shame, depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. No matter how much ...more »
Mental health issues are becoming more prevalent in elementary schools. Issues of anxiety, depression, thoughts of suicide and general emotional volatility are becoming more commonplace. A discussion needs to occur to figure out how we can best support these students, and what resources, programs and funding can be made available to support schools with students in crisis.
Mental Health services and education in the province of Ontario need to be examined and improved. Youth suffering from intense mental health problems are not being served as they need to be. Wait lists for assistance are extensive, help lines are inadequate, and knowledge about what services do exist is limited. The system itself appears to be evaluated based on how many youth it serves, rather than on how many youth ...more »
As we have learned over the past 3 years, mental health is the #1 medical issue in the world. The #1 reason to visit your general physician. The #1 prescription that all pharmacies fill is for anxiety or depression. A W5 show by Sandie Rinaldo focused on the lack of medical coverage and programs for autistic teens once they reach 18; they and their families have no coverage. This was an obvious oversight, I am sure and ...more »
Ontarians suffering from depression, and other mental health issues, have inadequate care at present. Prescription-issuing psychiatrists typically see them once every 3 mos, and GPs conducting the follow-up don't always understand the subtleties of mental disorders. Also, there need to be more government-sponsored programs/supports, to help re-integrate professionals who had suffered mental health issues into the workforce. ...more »
According to the recent StatsCan Community Health Survey, "An estimated 600,000 had a perceived unmet mental health care need, and more than 1,000,000 had a partially met need" and that the need for treatment mostly lied in counselling. Mental health is also a rapidly emerging problem for this province's youth who are disproportionately affected with mental health issues. Having been down this road, I can see some ways ...more »
Significant and good quality evidence exists to suggest that massage therapy improves patient quality of sleep, mood and reduces anxiety associated with pain. Instead of pharmaceuticals, hospitals could employ massage therapists to provide the kind of care that nurses used to do 40 years ago: back rubs, foot massage and general soothing. Hospitals in the US have incorporated massage therapy into their care options for ...more »
Being a neuropsychologist working in the fields of homelessness, addictions, mental health and brain injury, I find access to assessment services lacking. Primary health teams, including Family Health Teams, are doing a great job at providing primary care services. More access to psychiatry, neuropsychology and occupational therapy should be given as these professions can, collectively, assess and treat the effects of ...more »
Establishing a program where the community’s most vulnerable citizens are checked on at regular intervals by qualified personnel like EMTs, social workers, or community care workers, etc. This would help to reduce emergency room visits and promote better healthcare and preventative healthcare among those who need it most.
Our low-Income neighbourhoods experience increase in income inequality; challenges to the social fabric of the community; decreases efficiency of social institutions; high rates of unemployment and underemployment; increasing risks of depression - mental health issues; lower school graduation rates; increase in crime/organized crime rates; deterioration of housing and general quality of life. Therefore, we should urge ...more »
There should be a discussion about funding mental illness care under OSAP, as we do with many other types of health care. Currently, private services like psychologists can be extremely expensive, and not everyone can afford them. Mental illness is a terrible burden to endure, and I'd like to see the government make a change so more people can benefit from services currently unavailable to them.
I covered many stories ,where folks mixed pain killers and meds with deadly results of HARM to others . This should be a community safety issue to change ASAP . Here is a reference to the demand to endure pain. Info needed re this email , can you help find the answers . Why has this been allowed to continue under the Dalton Liberals > "[email protected] I guess I'm a bit confused by the question... ...more »