Domestic violence, mental illness and drug abuse: The tragic lives of children in care who died 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 READ MORE

Seeking better mental health transitions for youth 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 READ MORE

Psychiatrist shortage prompts online mental health services for Cranbrook youth 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 READ MORE

Parents of N.S. girl who ended her life calling for mental health education 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 READ MORE

Focusing on Children’s Mental Health 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 READ MORE

New Mental Health Walk-In Clinics are Much Needed for Toronto’s Youth Mental health care for youth has been historically hard to access. CAMH is changing that. BY JEAN BOAMPONG 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 READ MORE

Air pollution linked to increased mental illness in children 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 READ MORE

The Childhood Incidents That Increase Later Suicide Risk 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 READ MORE

Reporters speak to experts, families and friends about youth suicide 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 READ MORE

Mental health disclosure tricky:experts BY THE CANADIAN PRESS 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 READ MORE