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Employers May Be Legally on the Hook for Mental Injury

By: Canadian OH& S News
October 12, 2010
CALGARY (Canadian OH& S News)

A new report from the Calgary-based Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) suggests that employers who neglect psychological safety in the workplace could be legally liable for mental injury inflicted on workers.

Entitled “Tracking the Perfect Legal Storm,” the report was released on September 30 and written by Martin Shain, PhD, a lawyer and principle of the Neighbour@Work Centre, a workplace e-health consulting firm in Caledon, Ontario. It argues that the duty to provide workers with a psychologically safe workplace is being reinforced by several areas of law.

Report Finds Serious Gaps in the Planning and Delivery of Mental Health Services for Federally Sentenced Offenders

Posted on 09/23/10 at 10:15am
by Benzinga Staff

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Sept. 23, 2010) – The Office of the Correctional Investigator (OCI) released today an independent report that finds serious funding, implementation and accountability gaps in the delivery of mental health care services in federal corrections.

In releasing the report, the Correctional Investigator of Canada, Mr. Howard Sapers emphasized that the needs of mentally ill offenders in custody exceed the current capacity of the Correctional Service. “Canadian penitentiaries are becoming the largest psychiatric facilities in the country. The Correctional Service of Canada assumes a legal duty of care to provide required mental health services, including clinical treatment and intervention,” said Mr. Sapers.

Online Tool Aids Students

Mental health: There are indications struggles are on the rise for students

By Kate Dubinski The London Free Press
Last Updated: September 13, 2010 7:11pm

Sometimes, it means being down about getting a bad mark, missing home or not fitting in.

Other times, it means feeling hopeless, depressed and suicidal.

College and university students are believed to be dealing with more mental health issues than previous generations, and London’s Fanshawe College had become the first campus in Canada to use an innovative online tool to help them cope.

Study: Mental Health Absences Cost Canada $51 Billion

AHN News Staff
Posted September 9, 2010,

Toronto, Ontario, Canada (AHN) – About 20 of 145 days of short-term leaves taken yearly by every 1,000 Canadian employees are related to mental health problems, according to a study released Wednesday by the Center for Addiction and Mental Health.

On a yearly basis, the cost to the Canadian economy of the absences reaches $51 billion, making this kind of leave the most costly disability for Canadian
firms. The amount is twice the cost of a leave for physical ailment.

Researchers from the center based their computation on leaves of almost 34,000 full time workers in Ontario. On a per employee basis, the cost is almost

Police, Mental Health Workers to Join Forces

New initiative aims to steer mentally ill petty crime suspects out of justice system

Tuesday, May 18, 2010
CBC news

Police in Calgary are teaming up with Alberta Health Services to provide treatment instead of jail for people with mental health and addiction issues
who have been accused of petty crimes.

New Initiative Aims to Steer Mentally Ill Petty Crime Suspects Out of Justice System

Tuesday, May 18, 2010
CBC news

Police in Calgary are teaming up with Alberta Health Services to provide treatment instead of jail for people with mental health and addiction issues
who have been accused of petty crimes.

Broadcaster, Daughter Fight to End Stigma of Mental Illness

By Dave Battagello, The Windsor Star May 8, 2010   

Broadcaster Valerie Pringle says it was not until her daughter was in her early 20s and she found her on the floor crying uncontrollably, that she fully
grasped the severity of her child’s mental illness.

“As a parent, you look back and say ‘what could I have done different,'” said Pringle. “It did take her to be rigid on the floor and sobbing for me to realize
she is sick and needs help. We needed to do something about it.”

Don’t Condemn Patients to Park Bench or Prison

Posted to site March 19, 2010

WHO cares about acute psychiatric beds? Nobody apparently. That is, nobody does until they need one.

When relatives or friends become so severely mentally unwell that they can no longer take care of themselves and neither families nor community mental health teams can look after them, a hospital bed is an absolute necessity.

Assistive Technology Helps Dementia Sufferers Get Through the Day

Help at hand for sufferers of mild dementia. © Natalia Bratslavsky –
Posted to site February 23, 2010

Tens of millions of elderly people in the EU suffering from mild dementia may be able to look after themselves, and free up their carers, thanks to a new
European-developed system.

One of the first and most debilitating symptoms of dementia is short-term memory loss, which means care is required for people who are otherwise quite capable of looking after themselves. They can perform tasks, but they forget them or how to do them.

Federal Offenders to Receive Mental Health Services Through Innovative Technology

TORONTO, Feb. 18 /CNW/ – A bold new initiative soon to be implemented in federal prisons in Ontario will help to address the treatment needs for federal
offenders with mental health issues.

Service Dog Helps Woman Fight Mental Illness

By Dalson Chen, The Windsor StarJanuary 23, 2010

Jennifer Francis has a disability and requires a service dog — but there’s nothing wrong with her sight, hearing or limbs.

Dementia Crisis Looms, study finds

Preventive, coping measures urged by Alzheimer Society

Andrew Duffy, Canwest News Service

Published: Monday, January 04, 2010

It is feared Canada may have 1.1 million dementia sufferers by 2038.

OTTAWA – A new study by the Alzheimer Society of Canada says the country urgently needs a strategy to minimize the impact of the Baby Boomers’ march toward dementia.

The study, Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society, suggests that 1.1 million Canadians will have Alzheimer’s disease, or a related dementia, by 2038.

Texas Child with Disabilities Given Timeout in Dark, Closed Restroom

Friday, December 11, 2009
From KBTX-TV in Bryan-College Station, Texas:

Kiersten Jordy is like most 7-year-olds, but in many ways she’s not. Doctors have diagnosed Kiersten with mental retardation and carries traits of autism and Down’s Syndrome. Doctors also say Kiersten may never have a classic diagnosis. Larry and Janet Jordy say their daughter can’t speak in full sentences and is only able to communicate a word or two. The Jordy’s say they were surprised to learn in late May 2009, that their daughter’s teacher, Sharon Figueron, put Kiersten in a dark, closed restroom as a form of timeout.

Close Institutions for Mentally Challenged, advocacy group says

Laura Stone, Canwest News Service
Published: 2:31 am, Dec 4, 2009

The three remaining large-scale institutions for Canadians with intellectual disabilities should be shut down, says an association that helps mentally challenged people in Canada.

The Canadian Association for Community Living said Thursday it wants institutions housing some 900 people in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan to be closed down. In their place, the association asked for community-based options, such as public housing and more government-funded care workers to assist those with intellectual disabilities to live on their own.

Mentally disabled people need better access to jobs: Report

Nicholas Keung

Canada must end institutionalization of mentally disabled people and invest in their quality of life by improving access to jobs and social supports, says a new report to be released Thursday.

Mental Illness Costs Canada $33B Annually: TD

‘A Major Economic Cost’

Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Cbc news

Mental illness drags down Canada’s economic output by more than two per cent every year, according to the chief economist of the TD Bank.

In a speech to be delivered Wednesday afternoon in Toronto, Don Drummond pegs the loss to Canada’s economy from non-physical injuries at $33 billion annually.

Housing First for Mentally Ill Homeless

Monday, November 23, 2009
Cbc news

Homeless people with mental illnesses from five cities across Canada will take part in the federal housing project. (CBC)

A new research project designed to study the link between mental health and homelessness is giving more than 1,300 people across Canada a chance to get something many might not have thought possible: a roof over their head.

Doctor Uses Art to Overcome Depression

November 20, 2009

Three decades after Dr. Michael Pare turned his life around after attempting suicide and being admitted to hospital in a coma, he wants others with mental illness to embrace the help and hope that treatment provides.
“The irony, of course, is people who have that sense of (wanting to commit) suicide want to end things because they don’t think they can get better. But the irony is, there is treatment,” said the North York physician and medical psychotherapist.

Student, Spirit Make a Team

THE CITY: Jennifer Francis has her golden retriever to help her cope with bipolar disorder
Last Updated: 18th November 2009, 9:34am

The panic can strike Jennifer Francis at any time. And when it does, her heart pounds, her breathing grows shallow, her head feels light and her hands unsteady.

Those are the physical symptoms.

The psychological ones — what the experts call “depersonalization” — are even more unsettling, as Francis suddenly feels as if she’s floating outside herself.

Judge Hopeful Ahead of Province’s First Mental health Court Opening


November 03, 2009 12:33 a.m.

In his 12 years as a judge, Bill MacDonald has had the frustration of watching mentally ill people appear before him time and time again, never getting the help they need.

“There are limited tools available in the traditional criminal court,” he said yesterday. “The needs of many of the people before me who have mental disorders are beyond what a traditional court can deal with.”