Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Persons who are suicidal are public safety threats?

This two minute video says that there is enough stigma about mental health problems, without adding additional fear to asking for help.
http://globalnews.ca/video/embed/1270859/

what do you think?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

In our news....

http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/stabbing-suspect-was-about-to-be-fired-when-he-attacked-co-workers-police-1.1767944

Evidence says that persons with mental health problems are 2-4 times more at risk of being abused and no more violent than your neighbour. Do you think that mental health training might have alerted his coworkers/employers in advance that a problem was developing prior to this unfortunate stabbing at work?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Who's taking care of our children?

Making the news today, a northern Ontario researcher tells us that children as young as 3 years old can have a poor body image.   This may come from modelling parents and family, television, advertising.... This view can stay with them for life, resulting in many problems such as depression. 

http://www.cbc.ca/morningnorth/past-episodes/2014/04/07/children-and-body-image/

Are we paying enough attention to our kids?  Advertisers certainly are, encouraging young children to want processed cereals by having cartoon characters "angled" on the box to make eye contact with them.

http://www.cbc.ca/morningnorth/past-episodes/2014/04/07/children-and-body-image/

Now isn't that depressing?

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Our brain is busy when it is a rest

Scientists don't know what happens when we think our brain is at rest.  They know now that it consumes a lot of energy.  They are also starting to think that when it is resting, there are clues to why some persons experience depression.  http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Health/ID/2322958802/

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Who's accountable?



Nearly six years ago, Li stabbed and beheaded Tim McLean on a Greyhound bus.  Many of probably remember this news “story”.  He has been locked away in a psychiatric hospital and today, his psychiatrist’s team asked that he be given 3 new privileges.
  • Unescorted day passes into Selkirk.
  • Relocation from the hospital’s locked ward to an unlocked ward.
  • Relaxed supervision during escorted trips into Winnipeg and Lockport. Instead of having a dedicated escort, Li would be one of three patients supervised by one hospital staff member.
People are concerned.  Before the murder, Li was not considered violent but Li had severe non-diagnosed untreated schizophrenia.  He was 46.  Schizophrenia often begins in late adolescents or the early 20’s so he has likely been ill  for 25 years.   Schizophrenia is an inherited illness.  Not everyone who has schizophrenia hears voices, just like not everyone with a brain tumour has vision loss…however, it is extremely debilitating.  How did this man make it through the last 25 years?  I am not commenting on whether he should be released, although feel free to.  My concern; however, is that schizophrenia is so debilitating …how can you not notice someone who hears voices?  Was he responsible for not being on medication or could we, as a community, perhaps have stepped in earlier?  Did Tim McLean have to die?
http://globalnews.ca/news/994510/what-happens-when-a-killer-is-found-not-criminally-responsible/

Sunday, February 23, 2014

What can you do at work?

Many of us spend much of our lives in the work place, which can be a source of stress.  Combine this with family and other demands, many people experience mental health problems.  
Research suggests 1 in 5 suicides are related to work place stress.  Australia led the way in developing Mental health first aid in 2001, we are just catching on.
 
See the latest report  here The Work Place is Key to Suicide Prevention,,,what can you do at work?  http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/272987.php

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The neck bone is connected to the ?

The Ontario government made a huge announcement today,  with over $20 million committed over the next 6 years to improve the lives of people experiencing BOTH physical and mental illness.  This initiative is the first of its  kind to look at the whole human body.

We are making progress. Finally, perhaps we can finish the words to the Skeleton dance song we learned growing up….dem bones dem bones....which started with the toes and worked its way up the body to the backbone connected to the neck bone…. 
Now we are going to find out what the neckbone is connected to!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Is this sick or not?

What do you think?  Sure, sick time is bad for business and doctors have better things to do than write notes for employees.....does  a sick note give your employer adequate "proof"?  What if your illness isn't "physical" but is more "mental"...will your family physician still give you a note?  If you don't need a note, is it easier to call in to say you are sick with a bad headache (perhaps from a hangover?) than with depression?  Being sick isn't fun, for me anyway, and if there's doubt about trusting that an employee is physically ill.....how would that person feel if they were mentally ill?  Then again, apparently a lot of  Toronto airport employees called in sick during the cold winter weather this past weekend....what do you think? Is this sick or not?  http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2014/01/09/no-more-sick-notes/