Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley has launched a strong defence of Headspace despite a major review delivering a mixed report card on the program.
Youth mental health services – who should be responsible?
Even in the best circumstances, with healthy kids, a great support network and high functioning parents, there are times when it can be very difficult.
When children are facing mental health challenges, the difficulties often expand exponentially.
One of the most challenging and frustrating parts of raising a child with a mental-health issue is simply navigating the available care, services and resources intended to help.
First, parents need timely and appropriate education about mental health symptoms and appropriate interventions.
Next, they need to know how and where to access these supports and how to incorporate them into their life for the sake of their child.
Supporting Minds: An Educator’s Guide to Promoting Students’ Mental Health and Well-being is designed to provide educators with information on the early signs of mental health and addiction problems, along with strategies that can be used in the classroom to support students (kindergarten to Grade 12).
As a demographic, students are facing these issues in increasing numbers. In a recent survey, one in four admitted to suffering from mental health issues, with depression and anxiety topping the list of the study by YouGov. But, do people actually understand what these words mean?
The image that society so often presents us with is of sad, lonely individuals; demonstrating the troubling stigma and misconceptions that still surround mental illnesses.
The fact is that students of all genders and backgrounds can be subject to mental health issues, but the sad truth of the matter is that there is a general reluctance to admit to it, more so than for any physical illness.
Next week the federal minister of health will meet with her provincial counterparts in Toronto to negotiate a new health accord. There is a crisis that desperately requires the ministers’ attention: the gap between physical health care and mental health care in Canada.
We’ve come a long way. Honest conversations have galvanized attention across the country; people with lived experience of mental illness have bravely shared their stories; innovative brain research is reaching a tipping point; novel treatments and care models are emerging. People have come to recognize that there is no health without mental health. But, given the burden of mental illness in Canada, it’s hasn’t been enough.
Canadians with anxiety disorders, depression, suicide and substance use are not getting the help they need and the care they deserve. Wait lists are growing. People are in pain. Lives are being lost. It shouldn’t be this way.
Mental health care is under-resourced in Canada. Mental illness accounts for about 10 per cent of the burden of illness in Ontario but receives just 7 per cent of health care dollars. That translates into a $1.5-billion gap.
The royal trio marked World Mental Health Day on Monday by celebrating with people who had been there for those in need by joining them for a trip on the London Eye. (read more…)
Later Monday, the London Eye will be lit up in purple — like other prominent buildings around the world — to mark the day. The lighting up movement is in memory of cyberbullying victim Amanda Todd, a Canadian teen who committed suicide in 2012
Did you know that 16% of teens have seriously considered suicide?
In addition to the public service ads that Stenberg is running in local newspapers for the month of October, we are supporting the Amanda Todd Legacy Society (amandatoddlegacy.org) and promoting the Light Up the World in Purple Awareness campaign (lightuppurple.com).
To view or download our ad – CLICK HERE
Light Up the World in Purple Event
Carol Todd, mother of Amanda Todd, will be speaking at Stenberg’s Surrey campus and sharing her story and insight into cyber bullying, depression and the creation of the Amanda Todd Legacy society and light Up the World Purple campaign.
For the month of October, we are encouraging the Stenberg community to wear their “Light up the World Purple” bracelet in support of the Amanda Todd Legacy society and show you care about this worldwide initiative. Wear something purple, open the discussion about what mental health is and talk about wellness strategies.
Share on social media and be sure to include the hashtag #StenbergSpeaksOut. Help us bring attention and a voice to this important issue.
Speak Up. Reach Out.
crisiscentre.bc.ca / 1-800-SUICIDE / 1-800-784-2433
KidsHelpPhone.ca / 1-800-668-6868