The Mental Health Strategy for Canada identified a need to enhance the collection of data on mental health in Canada. While surveillance systems on mental illness have been established, a data gap for monitoring positive mental health and its determinants was identified. The goal of this project was to develop a Positive Mental Health Surveillance Indicator Framework, to provide a picture of the state of positive mental health and its determinants in Canada. Data from this surveillance framework will be used to inform programs and policies to improve the mental health of Canadians. Read more
• We tested if alcohol consumption increases suicidalilty among population gamblers.
• Data was obtained from the CCHS Cycle 4.1.
• Alcohol alone did not reliably predict suicidal ideations among low-risk gamblers.
• Greatest odds of suicidality were in problem gamblers who frequently drank alcohol. Read more
he Refugee Mental Health Project aims to build health, social and settlement service providers' knowledge and skills regarding refugee mental health and promote inter-sector and inter-professional collaboration. We hope this initiative will help contribute to an informed, sustainable network of service provision. Read more
While the burden of caring for older people with chronic medical illness and dementia has been well documented, considerably less is known about how carers develop the strength and resilience to sustain this important role with older family members with mental illness. The aim of the study was to understand the lived experience of primary caregivers of older people with severe and persistent mental illness, and to explore what, if anything, helps to sustain them in their caring role. Read more
Florence Budden is a long-time advocate for patients and their families. When Florence Budden opened a copy of Changing Directions, Changing Lives, the report containing Canada’s new mental health strategy, she was elated to see that the voices of people affected by mental illness were finally being heard and respected. “That was probably the proudest moment of my career,” says.. Read more
The questions raised by the possibility of the legalizing of euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide do not always look at the existing rate of suicide among the elderly. In Canada, statistics show an increase in the number of elderly people who take their lives. A literature search shows that many conclude that most of these suicides take place among those who are depressed. An obvious... Read more
G. BEAL1 RN PhD CPMHN (C), A. CHAN2 RN MS(N) CNS CPMHN (C), S. CHAPMAN3 RN BScN CPMHN (C), J. EDGAR4 RN BN CPMHN (C), G. MCINNIS-PERRY5 RN DNSc CNS CPMHN (C), M. OSBORNE6 RN PhD & E. S. MINA7 RN PhD CPMHN (C)1 Senior Professional Advisor, Toronto, Ontario, Clinical Nurse Specialist Mental Health, St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Community Mental Health Nurse,... Read more
Film portrayals perpetuate courtesy stigma. Republished from Crosscurrents March 2010 issue with permission. By: Ned Morgan Mainstream film has never been very kind to mental health nursing. More often, it has either undersold the role of nursing – pushing it to the fringes as window dressing to the work of doctors – or promoted a stigmatized and distorted view of nurses as uncanny... Read more