The No. 1 mental health issue Canadian employees take time off work for

globalnews.ca By Carmen Chai If you’re unhappy with changes to your job, getting to work may feel like an insurmountable task. A new Canadian survey warns that 46 per cent of employees have taken time off work or noticed their colleagues take time away to tend to their mental health following workplace changes, specifically a READ MORE

Patients suffer over gap between physical and mental health care

thestar.com By PETER GOFFIN Family doctors are the first point of contact for most people seeking diagnosis and care, but a disconnect between physicians and mental health professionals leaves many stranded. When Esme Hurst’s teenage son Alex started showing signs of depression and anxiety, she took him to their family doctor. His physician diagnosed depression, READ MORE

When Mental Illness Is Mistaken for Demonic Possession

broadly.vice.com by Emily Korstanje When Nadia was 18, her parents took her to a Muslim faith healer who claimed to be able to exorcize her depression. Throughout her adolescence in Saudi Arabia, Nadia* struggled to find joy in life. “As time went on, I felt like I couldn’t hold myself together,” Nadia said. “It feels READ MORE

Marijuana Appears to Benefit Mental Health: Study

time.com Alexandra Sifferlin 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 READ MORE

How mental health should be taught in Canadian schools

globalnews.ca 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 READ MORE

How to find a good app for mental health

theconversation.com 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 READ MORE

Conference addresses youth mental health

www.postcrescent.com 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 READ MORE

Men much less likely to seek mental health help than women

www.theguardian.com Huge survey shows gender gap and the need for ‘cultural shift’ says charity chief Men are far less likely to seek medical support for a mental health problem than women, new figures reveal. A survey commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation found that not only are men far less likely than women to seek READ MORE

Mental illness afflicts about 20% of Canadians, gets 7% of health funding

thestar.com Mental health advocates are urging the federal government to make mental illness a priority in a new health accord with the provinces and territories. OTTAWA—The Trudeau government is being urged to make mental health a top priority as it negotiates a new health accord with the provinces and territories. Dr. Catherine Zahn, president of READ MORE

Depression: Brain Centers Affected By Mental Illness Analyzed In Study

medicaldaily.com New research has unearthed more clues to help understand the physical cause for depression. Researchers from the U.K.’s University of Warwick and the Fudan University in China found that the part of the brain involved in non-reward is linked to depression. The study published Friday in the journal Brain found that the lateral orbitofrontal READ MORE