Ontario’s Chief Coroner launches review into police suicides

Ontario’s chief coroner is launching a review into nine police officer suicides that took place in 2018. Chief coroner Dr. Dirk Huyer talks about why, and how it will work. Click here to listen to the CBC broadcast.


Canadian report is negative to the concept of euthanasia for
psychiatric reasons alone.

The long-awaited reports from the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) concerning the possible extension of euthanasia to children (mature minors), to incompetent people who made an “advanced request,” and to people for psychological conditions alone was released on December 12. Click here to read more. divider

12 Case Studies in Supportive Housing for People

with Mental Health and Addiction Issues. Report from the Wellesley Institute.

Click here to read the full report. 

In Screening for Suicide Risk,
Facebook Takes On Tricky Public Health Role

A police officer on the late shift in an Ohio town recently received an unusual call from Facebook.

Earlier that day, a local woman wrote a Facebook post saying she was walking home and intended to kill herself when she got there, according to a police report on the case. Facebook called to warn the Police Department about the suicide threat.
Click here to read more.


Casting a Light on Mental Health in Agriculture
Helping to Remove Stigma and Support Hopefulness

Guelph – Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ernie Hardeman, today launched a public awareness campaign to highlight mental health challenges suffered by farmers and encourage people to ask for help when daily struggles become too much to bear.

“We care about the well-being of our farmers and farm families. We recognize they face unique mental health challenges associated with running a farm business, and want them to know it’s OK to reach out for help,” said Hardeman.

Read More Here.


Policy Brief: Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) and Housing First in Canada

This evidence-based policy brief highlights the need to integrate ACT and Housing First into health and housing policy strategies and to the need for additional funding in order to provide community support for individuals with serious mental illness who are homeless.

 Click here to read.


We are excited to announce that The Change Foundation, in partnership with the Patient Advisors Network (PAN), has just released the results of the inaugural “Spotlight on Caregivers” survey that focuses on the experience of family caregivers in Ontario. The survey, conducted by Pollara Strategic Insights, looks closely at the role of the caregiver within the health care system, the type of caring tasks they are engaged in, the time and financial commitment required, and the impact of being a caregiver on their mental, physical and emotional state.  Click here to read the full report.


Ontario Passes Police Record Checks Legislation Province Removing Barriers to Opportunity and Promoting Fairness


Statistics Canada has released a new report that suggests people with mental health-related disabilities experience more repeat violence, more violence at the hands of someone they know, and live with more known risk factors for violent victimization than the general population. Click here to read more.


Snapshot: Better Served in the Community – Alternate Level of Care (ALC) Designated People with Mental Health & Addictions Issues

ALC designation is given when a patient has completed treatment and no longer requires the intensive supports provided in the hospital setting, but remains in hospital because they do not have a home to return to with the supports that they need. One quarter of all ALC patient days are patients requiring mental health services waiting in hospital to be discharged to a more appropriate setting. This Snapshot provides system planners and mental health and addictions service providers an overview of the needs of these patients and recommendations on how they can better be served in the community.

Click here for the snapshot.


Some interesting facts from Accessibility Ontario:

The Facts: 

  • By age 40, about 50% of the population will have or have had a mental illness
  • In a recent major Canadian study, 82% of responding organizations ranked mental health conditions in their top three causes of short term disability (72% for long-term)
  • 30% of all short and long term disability claims are due to mental health problems and illnesses
  • The cost of a disability leave for a mental illness is about double the cost of a leave due to a physical illness.
  • 64% of Ontario workers would be concerned about how work would be affected if a colleague had a mental illness
  • 39% of Ontario workers indicate that they would not tell their managers if they were experiencing a mental health problem
  • 40% of respondents to a 2016 survey agreed they have experienced feelings of anxiety or depression but never sought medical help for it
  • Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in both men and women from adolescence to middle age
  • 42% of Canadians were unsure whether they would socialize with a friend who has a mental illness
  • Almost one half (49%) of those who feel they have suffered from depression or anxiety have never gone to see a doctor about this problem


Helping people with mental health disabilities access ODSP: An expert report on the complexity of mental health treatment in Ontario.

The report explains why many people with mental health conditions do not seek treatment and, if they do, are mainly managed by primary care health care providers (such as family doctors) who are trained to treat a broad range of mental health conditions. The report notes, for example, that the absence of a specialist referral does not reflect the severity of a patient’s mental health condition.

The report also explains why treatment history can be an unreliable predictor of the severity of a person’s disability. The treatment of mental illness and addictions is complex and influenced by many factors such as: limited availability and access to specialized treatment and outpatient care, especially for those who are low income and disadvantaged; the stigma of treatment; intolerance to the side effects of medication; limits to the effectiveness of medication; and variations in prescribing medication.




Shortage of Psychiatrists Contributing to Crisis in Access to Mental Health Treatment

Click here to read the report.


The Change Foundation Report

The Change Foundation’s first report about the Changing Care projects entitled,The Lessons from Changing CARE: The Discovery Phase of Experience-Based Co-Design report, is now available. This report focuses on the Changing CARE team’s first year of learning, listening and co-designing, and offers 40 practical lessons and tips on family caregiver and provider engagement.

To Read this Report Click Here


Health Quality Ontario’s Transitions in Care Project 

Early 2018 HQO began an engagement project with patients, families, and caregivers across the province to understand what affected their experiences transitioning from hospital to home. To read the results of this the first wave of engagement Click Here. 


Refreshing the National Framework for Action

This report from the Canadian Centre for Substance Use and Addiction involved renewed consultation and engagement with stakeholders from across Canada. To read this report Click Here.