Mental health organizations urge openness on targeted federal funds 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, READ MORE

Time to bolster Canada’s chronically under funded mental health system: advocates KEITH DOUCETTE Canada trails the pack when it comes to mental health funding levels among comparable industrially developed nations – but advocates say a promise from the federal government to improve services means the time is ripe to push for change. “Access to care is abysmal in most places throughout the country and of READ MORE

Do Healthcare Organizations Care About the Mental Health of Their Own Staff? SOURCE: HealthCareCAN Employee’s Health Comes First — Topic of Panel at National Health Leadership Conference, Ottawa, June 6-7, 2016 OTTAWA, ON–(Marketwired – June 05, 2016) – More than 500,000 Canadians are away from work each week because of mental illness, costing the economy over $51 billion a year — and some of the people READ MORE

Half of all hospital beds in Canada for kids and youth filled to treat mental health There is an alarming trend involving a growing number of Canadian children turning to hospitals for mental health services. Across the country, child and youth emergency room visits for mental health issues increased 45 per cent from 2007 to 2014. On any given day, roughly half of all overnight hospital patients aged 5 to READ MORE

Statement from Louise Bradley, President and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, for Mental Health Week 2016 OTTAWA, May 2, 2016 /CNW/ – May 2-8, 2016 is Mental Health Week and communities across the country will GET LOUD and raise their voices in support of mental health and well-being for all. Raising our voices this week — and every other week in the year — is crucial to tearing down the stigma READ MORE

How These Educators Approach Mental Health In The Classroom Arti Patel It’s 9 a.m. and a morning circle is about to begin at a school in Toronto’s west end. A group of 19 students, ages seven and eight, huddle around and turn their attention towards their teacher. Camesha Cox, teacher and managing director of The Reading Partnership — a non-profit that empowers parents READ MORE

Millennial workers expect more mental-health support

From Eric Windeler is the founder and executive director of The way Canada’s young people view mental health is changing. As employers, we need to prepare ourselves to follow the lead of the youngest members of our work force. Five years ago, our son, Jack, was a student at Queen’s University. We didn’t know READ MORE

Recent Posts on Depression

We at the NNMH value and encourage contributions by members and subscribers around topics relating to mental health. Here’s a summary of recent blog posts and web pages relating to depression: The 8 challenges of Depression Recovery Self-Starting When You Are Depressed – Depression Surprising Lessons from My Depression Recovery   READ MORE