REVIEWS OF THE DEATHS of 13 young people known to the child and family agency Tusla have highlighted the importance of early intervention with children in Ireland experiencing difficulties in their lives.
Of the 13 young people who died, four died of natural causes, eight took their own lives and one died of a drug overdose. None of the reviews by the National Review Panel found a direct link between the deaths of the young people and the actions or inactions of services provided by Tusla. Continue reading
By Don Fraser, St. Catharines Standard
Mental health challenges are daunting for young people.
Depression, self-harm and emotional disturbances can require constant professional help to ensure children, and their families, are safe and that a healing plan is in place.
These issues won’t necessarily resolve themselves when a child becomes an adult, and needs new services.
Young clients and their families can be frustrated, and sometimes slip through the cracks when transitioning to adult mental-health care providers, from those that focus on youth. Continue reading
Latest extension of the province’s Tele-mental Health program reaches Cranbrook
By Jon Hernandez, CBC News
Children and teens in need of mental health services in Cranbrook will now get access to psychiatrists via the web. The Ministry of Children and Family Development has announced it will extend its Tele-mental Health program to the city.
The online videoconferencing service gives youth one-on-one bi-monthly consultations with psychiatrists in conjunction with B.C. Children’s Hospital. The psychiatrists will also visit their patients once every two months. Continue reading
The parents of a 17-year-old girl from Bedford, N.S., who ended her own life are calling for more mental health education in schools.
Alexis Fletcher died just over six months ago. Her mother, a nurse at the IWK, says they tried everything they could to help her.
“I don’t think she really understood what was happening,” says Alexis’ mother, Beverly Fletcher. Continue reading
A $ 325,000 Trilluim Grant will go to teaching elementary school kids about mental health
Thanks to a Trillium Foundation grant worth $ 325,000 over the next three years, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Grey Bruce Chapter, will be doing more work in elementary schools.
Spokesperson Jackie Ralph says until this grant money came along, they did their best to visit the elementary schools but it was just sporadic. Continue reading
Mental health care for youth has been historically hard to access. CAMH is changing that.
For years, young Torontonians have not had the means to easily access mental health care. At schools, there are often long wait lists just to be assessed. Services can be costly and out of reach for those who need it most. And while there are online and telephone mental health services in addition to those offered in community settings, it is still not enough. Continue reading
New research is first to establish the link and builds on other evidence that children are particularly vulnerable to even low levels of pollution
A major new study has linked air pollution to increased mental illness in children, even at low levels of pollution.
The new research found that relatively small increases in air pollution were associated with a significant increase in treated psychiatric problems. It is the first study to establish the link but is consistent with a growing body of evidence that air pollution can affect mental and cognitive health and that children are particularly vulnerable to poor air quality. Continue reading
Exposure to domestic violence, abuse cast a long shadow, study finds
MONDAY, June 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Adults who witnessed parental domestic violence in childhood are at increased risk for suicide attempts, a new study finds.
“When domestic violence is chronic in a home, there is a risk of long-term negative outcomes for the children, even when the children themselves are not abused,” said study lead author Esme Fuller-Thomson. She is a professor with the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Social Work. Continue reading
What should we do when our children start killing themselves?
What do we say? What do we do?
Parents, the public, friends, media and mental health professionals have to wrestle with that question after the cluster of suicides and suicide attempts by teenagers in Woodstock.
It was simple to answer the question only 10 years ago. Continue reading
HALIFAX – It’s a quandary for health-care professionals that has caught the attention of experts across the country: should family members and loved ones be told about a patient’s struggle with mental-health issues?
Nova Scotia is reviewing the rules around the disclosure of information under its health privacy laws after a grieving mother appeared at the legislature last month.
Carolyn Fox of Halifax partially blamed the laws in Nova Scotia for her lack of knowledge about her 21-year-old daughter Cayley’s battle with depression. The young university student took her own life in January following three trips to the hospital emergency by ambulance last year — all but one without her mother’s knowledge. Continue reading