Mental Illness Patients Strain Canada’s Police Forces
CBC News — Aug 21, 2013
Too many people who live with mental illness are being released from provincial institutions before they’re ready, then going on to commit crimes, say Canada’s police chiefs.
The candid comments were made Wednesday in Winnipeg, on the final day of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) annual general meeting.
Youth Mental Health
Ottawa Citizen — August 23, 2013
There is a troubling new report on youth mental health to which the Ontario government should pay particular attention.
According to the report by the Children?s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the Royal Mental Health Centre, young people in the Ottawa region are waiting up to a year for mental health care, when the Canadian Psychiatric Association says it should be two weeks.
“It is the human toll that it takes. Six to 12 months to see a psychiatrist for a youth and family in crisis is just too long“noted CHEO president Alex Munter. “It is an entire school year. For a youth to be able to learn and develop, and to have a successful school year, is very hard.”
The figures really make disturbing reading: Since 2009, the number of children and youth seeking CHEO’s help for mental illness has shot up 64 per cent, while outpatient referrals have gone up 76 per cent. The number of patients admitted to CHEO with suicide risks has increased 33 per cent, and the number with self-injury has gone up 61 per cent.
Agencies Prepare For Flood?s Effects on Mental Health
Calgary Herald — August 25, 2013
The flood waters have long receded, but a secondary wave of disaster-driven mental health problems may be only starting to crest.
Social service agencies in southern Alberta are preparing for what they say could be a significant and long-term increase in crisis calls, as flood victims begin to come to terms with the realities of lost homes and livelihoods.
“I’m not an alarmist at all … I think it?s just something we need to be aware of it,” said Stacey Petersen, executive director of the Fresh Start Recovery Centre, a residential alcohol and drug addiction treatment centre in Calgary. “From our standpoint, we’d rather be well-prepared and not needed, than ill-prepared and in trouble”.
Change of Practice Key to Improving Patients’ Access to Psychiatrists
CMAJ — August 28, 2013
With 1 in 5 Canadians expected to experience a mental illness in their lifetime and a dwindling number of psychiatrists, is the supply of mental health services on track to meet demand?
The quick answer is probably not. The more complex answer is that this is the wrong question.
“There will never be enough psychiatrists to address all the mental health needs of Canadians, nor should there be,” says Dr. David Goldbloom, chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. While the number of psychiatrists may be one aspect to the access problem, Goldbloom thinks this argument has gone stale.
The key to addressing problems with access to mental health services in Canada is to change how psychiatrists practice. But until we do so, Goldbloom is quick to acknowledge that “We’re currently not doing too well.”
According to the National Physician Survey, the average wait time for non-urgent cases across Canada in 2010 was 11 weeks in urban areas and up to 20 weeks in rural areas. In addition, only 16% of urgent patients were seen within the day. Not surprisingly, 55% of family physicians rated access to psychiatric care as fair or poor.
For Universities, Approach To Mental Health Services Growing Slowly
Victoria Times Colonist ? September 2, 2013
As mental health issues have received more media attention, universities have honed their approach to on-campus services, investing already limited dollars and collaborating with other institutions. Still, progress remains slow.
First Nations Mental Health Focus Of Aid Project
Jewish humanitarian association Vi’ahavta will send send health experts into communities
CBC News — Sep 6, 2013
A Jewish humanitarian association plans to send mental health experts to seven First Nations communities in northwestern Ontario to help.
The move is part of Ve’ahavta’s first Canadian project. The organization has previously advised health care workers in Guyana and Kenya.
Vi’ahavta president Avrum Rosensweig said this is the first time the organization will operate in Canada.
Specialists in Treating Eating Disorders Not Immune to Fat Bias, Study Suggests
Canada.com ? September 10, 2013
People who specialize in treating eating disorders can carry some of the same anti-fat attitudes and “fat phobia” towards obese people as the rest of society, new research suggests.
In what is being described as the first look at weight bias specifically among psychologists, therapists, social workers and other mental health professionals specializing in eating disorders, Yale University researchers found a considerable percentage believe obese patients have poor self-control, no willpower, and are self-indulgent, unattractive and insecure.
Pharmacies, Doctors Fail To Stop Narcotic Shopping Spree
CBC.ca September 2, 2013
Two sisters in B.C. are going public to expose what they see as a big hole in the health system after a drug addict was able use their identities to get thousands of taxpayer-funded prescription narcotic pills.
Sandra Adamson, a cook from Surrey who works for the RCMP, contacted CBC’s Go Public because she believes the systems meant to detect and stop prescription abuse aren’t working.
US Hospital to Launch 1st In-Patient Internet Addiction Program
CBC.ca September 4, 2013
A psychiatric hospital in Pennsylvania will soon open a new in-patient internet addiction program — the first of its kind in the United States or Canada.
Set to launch on Sept. 9 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center in Central Pennsylvania, the 10-day voluntary program will see up to four adult patients at a time living within the hospital’s walls while working to recover from what they say is a debilitating dependence on the web.
Links Made Between Problem Gambling and Substance Abuse, And Lack of Treatment Options
Science Daily — September 4, 2013
Sep. 4, 2013 ? Problem gamblers are a hidden population among people with mental health or substance abuse issues who often don’t get the treatment they need, a new study shows. Anywhere from 10 to 20 per cent of people with substance abuse problems also have significant gambling problem, yet few programs are targeted at them and most social service agencies don’t have funds to treat them, the study’s main author says.
B.C. Doctors Want To Prescribe Heroin for Selected Patients
Globe and Mail — September 8, 2013
Doctors in British Columbia are calling on Health Canada to permit prescription heroin for severely addicted patients exiting a groundbreaking clinical trial, insisting a promising alternative is not yet supported by scientific evidence.
The calls come as the first participants exit the SALOME trial, a three-year project launched by researchers from Providence Health Care and the University of B.C. in late 2011 to determine whether hydromorphone, a powerful but legal opiate, is as effective as diacetylmorphine (prescription heroin) in helping severely addicted heroin users.
Seniors Healthcare Should Be a Federal Priority
The Globe and Mail — Aug. 19 2013
Canadians have little confidence in the ability of the health-care system to meet the needs of a burgeoning number of seniors and they are looking to government to shift their priorities and come up with a coherent plan.
That?s the message that emerges from a new poll commissioned by the Canadian Medical Association.
“The anxiety Canadians have about health care in their so-called golden years is both real and well-founded,” said Anna Reid, outgoing president of the CMA.
Nationwide, three in five respondents said they believed there would not be sufficient hospital beds, long-term care and home-care services to meet demand in their golden years.
Canada ‘Way Behind’ On Home-Care Help, Patient Advocates Say
Already harried system not ready for rising home-care demand
CBC News — Aug 27, 2013
When patient advocate Donna Davis helped a friend navigate the transition from hospital to home care, she encountered a vexing problem.
Hospital and home-care workers “just tell you what to do,” Davis recalls. “It’s that paternalistic: ?We will make the decision for you. We will tell you when to go home. We will tell you how to go home.”
Alternative Level of Care: Canada’s Hospital Beds, the Evidence and Options
Healthcare Policy, 9(1) August 2013
Patients designated as alternative level of care (ALC) are an ongoing concern for healthcare policy makers across Canada. These patients occupy valuable hospital beds and limit access to acute care services. The objective of this paper is to present policy alternatives to address underlying factors associated with ALC bed use. Three alternatives, and their respective limitations and structural challenges, are discussed. Potential solutions may require a mix of policy options proposed here.
RESEARCH / HEALTH
Alcohol Dependence, Eating Disorders Associated With Common Genes
Medical News Today — August 23, 2013
People with alcohol dependence may be more genetically susceptible to certain types of eating disorders, and vice-versa, according to a study in the September issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
In a study of nearly 6,000 adult twins, researchers found that common genetic factors seemed to underlie both alcoholism and certain eating disorder symptoms — namely, binge eating and purging habits, such as self-induced vomiting or laxative abuse. Genes appeared to explain 38 percent to 53 percent of the risk of developing those disorders.
How the Brain Remembers Pleasure: Implications for Addiction
Science Daily — August 25, 2013
Aug. 25, 2013 — Key details of the way nerve cells in the brain remember pleasure are revealed in a study by University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) researchers published today in the journal Nature Neuroscience. The molecular events that form such “reward memories” appear to differ from those created by drug addiction, despite the popular theory that addiction hijacks normal reward pathways.
Psychotherapy via the Internet
eHealthNews.eu — 19 August 2013
Does psychotherapy via the Internet work? For the first time, clinical researchers from the University of Zurich have studied whether online psychotherapy and conventional face-to-face therapy are equally effective in experiments. Based on earlier studies, the Zurich team assumed that the two forms of therapy were on a par. Not only was their theory confirmed, the results for online therapy even exceeded their expectations.
Six therapists treated 62 patients, the majority of whom were suffering from moderate depression. The patients were divided into two equal groups at random and assigned to one of the therapeutic forms. The treatment consisted of eight sessions with different established techniques that stem from cognitive behavior therapy and could be carried out both orally and in writing. Patients treated online had to perform one predetermined written task per therapy unit — such as querying their own negative self-image. They were known to the therapist by name.
Online therapy even more effective in the medium term
“In both groups, the depression values fell significantly,” says Professor Andreas Maercker, summing up the results of the study. At the end of the treatment, no more depression could be diagnosed in 53 percent of the patients who underwent online therapy — compared to 50 percent for face-to-face therapy. Three months after completing the treatment, the depression in patients treated online even decreased whereas those treated conventionally only displayed a minimal decline: no more depression could be detected in 57 percent of patients from online therapy compared to 42 percent with conventional therapy.
For both patient groups, the degree of satisfaction with the treatment and therapists was more or less equally high. 96 percent of the patients given online therapy and 91 percent of the recipients of conventional treatment rated the contact with their therapist as “personal”. In the case of online therapy, the patients tended to use the therapy contacts and subsequent homework very intensively to progress personally. For instance, they indicated that they had re-read the correspondence with their therapist from time to time. “In the medium term, online psychotherapy even yields better results. Our study is evidence that psychotherapeutic services on the internet are an effective supplement to therapeutic care,” concludes Maercker.
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