Archive for the ‘Mental Health’ Category
It was a day to shine the spotlight on mental illness, nationally and here in our region. In Ottawa, the Federal Health Minister welcomed Canada’s first national mental health strategy. And in London, one of Canada’s foremost sports broadcasters shared details of his 15 year battle with depression.
A union that represents Ontario’s Catholic Teachers wants to say bye-bye to WiFi in classrooms. The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association is calling for an end to wireless internet hookups in the province’s 14-hundred plus Catholic Schools. The group, which represents 45-thousand teachers, says computers in all new schools should be hardwired instead of using wireless networks. In a position paper released today, they cite research by the world health organization. Last year the who warned of a possible link between radiation from wireless devices and cancer.
Being homeless is tough. Being homeless with a mental illness compounds the problem. In part one of a special series on mental health we’ll look at a groundbreaking new Lawson Research Institute study focusing on homeless youth with addiction and mental health issues.
They are the things we do in the normal course of a day, going to appointments, preparing meals, even tidying up at the end of the day. But for some those routine tasks can be challenging. The St. Joseph’s Regional Mental Health Team has developed a program to help clients overcome those challenges. Gerry Dewan explains.
It’s the way we stay connected, Facebook, Twitter, smart phones, and iPads. But new technology has a way of leaving some people behind. As Gerry Dewan tells us a research project being undertaken by staff at St. Joseph’s Regional Mental Health Care is trying to make sure that doesn’t happen.
This is Bell Let’s Talk Day. The day that shines a light on mental health issues. Of course mental illness takes a very human toll but it’s also a big problem for businesses. In fact, by the year 2020 it’s expected depression will be the leading cause of employee disability in Canada. Managing mental illness in the workplace was the focus of a special workshop in London today. It was organized by Family Service of Thames Valley to help businesses better recognize mental health issues, and put policies in place to help employees.