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Michelle Gerwing

A new study out of the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) at the University of Manitoba says one out of every seven Manitoban children are being diagnosed with a mental health disorder.

The study titled ‘The Mental Health of Manitoba’s Children’ looked at data from 2009-2013 for children aged 6-19.
Researchers looked at doctor-diagnosed disorders like anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, behavioural disorders like ADHD, and psychotic disorders like schizophrenia. Continue reading

By: Ryan Tumilty Metro

New approach puts patients at centre of decision making.

Wait times for children with mental problems plummeted last year as a new one-size-doesn’t-fit-all approach has shrunk waits from months to mere weeks.

In a recently released report, CHEO and the Royal Ottawa Hospital both revealed that the wait times for children referred for mental health problems have dropped.

At CHEO, a wait that averaged 200 days in 2014 has been cut down to 22 days. Meanwhile, at the Royal the wait has fallen from 450 days to 20.

CHEO’s chief of psychiatry Dr. Kathleen Pajer, said the change has come because children are no longer being put through an upfront assessment before they get treatment.

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For those caring for youth with social, emotional and behavioral challenges, it’s easy to feel alone. The Children Come First Conference Nov. 16-17 in the Wisconsin Dells is an opportunity for caregivers to connect with each other and learn from experts on children’s mental health.

As USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin’s Kids in Crisis series has shown, Wisconsin has high rates of youth dealing with mental health challenges that are often unaddressed. According to a 2015 survey, more than half of adolescents who had major depressive episodes did not receive treatment for depression. The youth suicide rate is among the highest in the nation. Continue reading

By Julia Le

The Halton Region Health Department is eyeing changes to the way it delivers mental health services in Halton schools.

It’s looking to shift funding and resources that support individuals in schools experiencing mental health issues to enhance early years mental health promotion.

Halton Medical Officer of Health Dr. Hamidah Meghani told Halton Region’s health and social services committee members Tuesday (Oct. 4) the mental health programs and services it delivers to schools comes in two parts; mental health promotion that’s mandated by the Ontario Public Health Standards and funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and individual mental health services the Health Department has been providing for a number of years through public health nurses. Continue reading

By Valerie Strauss

People with obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, suffer from unwanted and intrusive thoughts that they can’t seem to get out of their heads, called obsessions, which often compel them to perform ritualistic behaviors and routines, or compulsions, over and over to try to ease their anxiety. Children and teens may not realize they have it — and parents and educators often misunderstand or misdiagnose the condition. Continue reading

ICQ was the big thing when I was a kid. It was one of the Internet’s first live chat rooms, very popular with the kids in the early years when it was still referred to as “the Worldwide Web” and your dial-up modem took 10 minutes at minimum to connect, so you had to really want it. Every single kid in my junior high class had ICQ and squealed to each other about how exciting it was over recess. Continue reading

Henry D. Gerson, MD, Special to the Ithaca Journal

Changes to schedules and diet, as well as being away from family, can bring a lot of stress to college students

A student’s first few weeks on campus include excitement and new opportunities, but it is also a time that brings a lot of stress.

In addition to meeting academic requirements, students face the challenges of adapting to campus routines and defining themselves socially, all with unprecedented distance from the support of family and friends from home. Recognizing and managing the stress of campus life can be a key to success. Continue reading

This story is part of our NPR Ed series on mental health and schools.

When it comes to children’s brains, Rahil Briggs describes them as … sticky.

“Whatever we throw, sticks. That’s why they can learn Spanish in six months when it takes us six years,” says the New York City based child psychologist, “but also why if they’re exposed to community violence, or domestic violence, it really sticks.”

Briggs works at the Healthy Steps program at the Montefiore Comprehensive Healthcare Center in the South Bronx, screening children as young as 6 months for mental health issues. Continue reading – Sep 08, 2016 – The Canadian Press

‘Do we teach young people from a very young age to talk about suicide, to talk about mental health?’

A new study suggests that one in five Canadian teens has seriously considered attempting suicide in the previous year.

The survey by Kids Help Phone found that 22 per cent of more than 1,300 respondents thought about taking their own life. Almost half of them had also formulated a plan. Continue reading

Hello Sehat

Like adults, children can also experience mental health problems, which could affect their growth and development.

It is not easy to identify mental health issues in children. Some cases of mental illness in children are genetic.

Parents must understand what kinds of mental illnesses can affect children, as well as the causes and treatment methods, to support their children growing up. Continue reading