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Are universities doing enough to support mental health?

April 22nd, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on Are universities doing enough to support mental health?)

As the taboo around talking about mental health crumbles, students are demanding more resources on campus, and many post-secondary education institutions are struggling to keep up

University isn’t meant to be easy, but it isn’t supposed to be this hard: since November 2016, the University of Guelph has lost four students to suicide. After the fourth death, in mid-January, the school sent out another statement reminding staff and students about the counselling services available to them. For recent grad Connie Ly, it wasn’t enough. “I really just questioned how useful the services were, given that they were so overwhelmed already,” she says.  Read more at Macleans magazine…

 

April 23 to 29 is National Volunteer Week in Canada

April 21st, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on April 23 to 29 is National Volunteer Week in Canada)

NVW2017_WebBanner_ENG_940x430However you recognize volunteering in 2017, one thing remains timeless…and that is volunteer efforts create positive impact in communities across Canada

Thank you Canadian volunteers, for 150 glorious years! In 2017, volunteering comes in many forms and is as diverse as Canada itself. To celebrate all volunteers and to get you thinking more deeply about volunteering, during NVW Volunteer Canada will release a series of crossword puzzles that reveal the impacts, benefits and diverse ways Canadians are involved in communities. Some answers may be obvious, while others may cause you to stop and say: “Volunteering, Eh?”  Read more at Volunteer Canada…

$11 billion can end homelessness in Canada

April 20th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on $11 billion can end homelessness in Canada)

“Funds must not only build affordable housing, they must align with poverty reduction strategies and mental health and recovery initiatives currently underway if we are to truly reduce long-term homelessness”

In North American cities like New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, Toronto and countless others, we have grown accustomed to seeing people who are homeless walk among us, often in the shadows, often with visible signs of duress from addiction, mental illness or basic hopelessness. Simply put, we’ve become desensitized to the everyday experiences of persons visibly homeless in our cities and communities.  Read more at The Huffington Post…

Do schizophrenia and autism share the same root?

March 22nd, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on Do schizophrenia and autism share the same root?)

New research suggests the two conditions may be the different outcomes of one genetic syndrome

Some researchers have suggested that the relatively high autism prevalence in this population is the result of misdiagnoses of early signs of schizophrenia. New findings, published 21 January in Schizophrenia Research, support an alternate theory: Autism and schizophrenia are independent outcomes of the same genetic syndrome.  Read more at Scientific American…

Teens draw on experience to create mental health program for high schools

March 20th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on Teens draw on experience to create mental health program for high schools)

warrior-within-main.jpg.size.custom.crop.891x650Students use storytelling and art to engage peers in discussing stress, anxiety and resilience

The girl with the ponytail and hightop sneakers looks like any other teenager as she grabs a book from her locker and trudges down the corridor to class. But the whisper of a violin signals there’s more going on behind the scene. Over the course of the next 13 minutes on film, the girl will race through a forest and gasp for breath. She will cross a stream on stepping stones and peer into a dark tunnel. She will flail underwater, pirouette in a sunlit barn and finally, end up on the shore of a peaceful lake.  Read more at The Toronto Star…

Health Canada aims to release secret drug records

March 14th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on Health Canada aims to release secret drug records)

persaud.jpg.size.custom.crop.1086x724“Today, Health Canada is in the habit of keeping this information secret when pharmaceutical companies ask them to. That is what has to change.”

Health Canada plans to release reams of confidential documents that detail the clinical trials of prescription drugs and medical devices. Much of this information, which the government relies on to assess the efficacy and safety of everything from popular heart pills to cancer medications, has never been seen by patients, the doctors who prescribe the treatments, independent researchers, or the trial participants who volunteered their bodies for science.  Read more at The Toronto Star…