Preliminary evidence suggests cannabis may be useful in the treatment of substance use disorders, possibly serving as an effective, but less harmful, substitute for pharmaceutical and recreational drugs, with more acceptable side effects. However, at least one expert is sceptical.
A new review suggests that rather than acting as a “gateway” to other, possibly more dangerous substances, there is an “emerging stream of research” suggesting that cannabis may serve as an “exit” drug, with the potential to facilitate a reduction in the use of other substances. 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.
This is part of a series looking at microskills – changes that employees can make to help improve their health and life at work and at home, and employers can make to improve the workplace. The Globe and Mail and Morneau Shepell have created the Employee Recommended Workplace Award to honour companies that put the health and well-being of their employees first. Register your company now at www.employeerecommended.com.
How many of your employees have a mental health challenge?
A common response is, “That’s not my business, so how would I know?” This is partially correct. It’s true that it’s not your role to pry, ask invasive personal health questions or diagnose staff. Continue reading
A new review suggests cannabis may help mental health disorders
Legal access to marijuana, medicinal or otherwise, is growing. In 2016, four states approved recreational use of the drug and four states passed laws related to medical-cannabis access, bringing the total number of states that allow some form of legal marijuana use to 28.
Scientists know that marijuana contains more than 100 compounds, called cannabinoids, that have biological effects on the body. Medically, cannabis can be prescribed for physical ailments like arthritis and cancer symptoms as well as mental health issues like PTSD, depression and anxiety. Continue reading
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The mental-health system for treating military personnel and veterans will undergo a sweeping overhaul to better care for them from boot camp through their retirement years, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has revealed.
Top-ranking officials in Defence and Veterans Affairs are looking at “creating a new structure that’s going to not just look after the veteran at the end but start with keeping our soldiers healthy when they’re in the military,” Mr. Sajjan said in an interview with The Globe and Mail. Continue reading
OTTAWA – Three leading mental health organizations want provincial and territorial health ministers to be open to targeted federal investments.
In a letter, the heads of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the Canadian Mental Health Association note that billions of dollars are spent on health, but only seven per cent goes to mental health. Continue reading
By Carmen Chai
Measuring success for Stacey De Souza’s students isn’t as conventional as getting an A on a test, making the basketball team or graduating from high school.
Major wins for her students include leaving the house to take public transit to school or finishing a semester — or even a week or two — of classes. Continue reading
Search for “stress”, “depression”, “anxiety”, or “mental health” in the app store on your mobile device and you are confronted with a bewildering array of options. Some apps claim to track your mood over time, while others claim to “cure” your mental ill health with hypnosis.
Apps hold amazing potential as mental health and wellbeing tools. You can carry them everywhere, engage with them in real time as you’re experiencing distress, and interact with them in a completely different way to other self-help tools. But it is important to know which apps you can rely on for good support, and which might even do you harm. Continue reading
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