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Mental Health Therapy Programs to Get a Boost of $20 Million from the Government

Emphasizing the need to provide free access to mental health programs, the government is set to announce a new program in Ontario. The program is called Mindability. It was introduced after three years of pilot programs that were operating in major mental health hospitals in the province. 

It is the first of its kind in Canada and involves massive spending of $20 million. This is part of the $3.8 billion that was announced by the government to facilitate addiction services as well as mental health programs over the next decade.  

The province, along with the rest of the country, is giving precedence for the need to have access to quality and free treatment for mental wellbeing. 

What this program aims to target

Under the new program – 

  • Free cognitive-behavioural therapy will be provided. The therapy can be accessed online or by phone. In-person consultation will also be provided.  
  • It will cover individuals, families, as well as the youth who are above the age of 10.
  • A branch of the program which will allow people to receive telephonic support from a certified therapist while using a self-directed manual is to be launched in the spring of 2020.
  • A pilot program that caters to the children and the youth is scheduled to start operating in the winter of 2021.  
  • Anyone struggling with depression, anxiety, OCD, and PTSD can benefit from the new program. People struggling with addictions can also be the right candidate for the program as well. 
  • The program aims to help up to 80,000 people every year with talk therapy. 

Highlights of the program

When the new program is fully functional, you can expect the following:

  • Potential patients can be referred for the program by their doctors. In some cases, patients will be able to self-refer. 
  • Patients will undergo an initial screening, which will be conducted by a mental health clinician. This will help determine the right treatment for the patients. 
  • Patient outcomes from the treatment will be measured. This is a unique component of the program. This step will help therapists to step up the treatment if needed. Additionally, it will also allow the system to keep track of the progress of the program. 
  • The program will commence in phases in the province. Patients will have access to a one-stop 8-1-1 number through which they can use the services. Some branches of the program will be accessible towards the end of the year. 

Workshop on Community Safety in Kenora

On October 18, 2019, a good number of community stakeholders attended a workshop under the banner “Community Safety and Well-Being.” Ever since the legislation of Ontario made it compulsory for municipalities to develop community safety plans, Kenora has been on the forefront by making a lot of changes in the community.

This was noted by the MD of Canadian Municipal Network on Crime Prevention, Felix Munger, who also facilitated the workshop. Kenora’s Community Safety and Well Being Plan was introduced in 2015, way before the mandatory law was introduced.

What topics are discussed in these workshops?

 

Kenora’s community members are proactively trying to identify the root causes of crimes in the community. In these types of workshop and forum, a wide range of problems and social issues are discussed at length. In this particular workshop, community members focused on these issues:

  • Mental health and addiction – Mr. Munger comments that up to 80% of calls made to the police are related to social disorder. The calls that are crime-related almost always are a result of addiction and/or mental health issues.
  • Youth – Sheri Norlen from the Creighton Youth Centre in Kenora emphasizes the need to connect with young offenders on a personal level. Ignoring their individual needs has a direct link to criminal behaviour. She suggested different measures, which includes child counselling, connecting with family, anger management classes. Through these programs, she hopes to get to the bottom of their criminal behaviours.
  • Housing and poverty
  • Human trafficking/sexual exploitation
  • Violence/victimization

 

Why does traditional criminal justice not work for young people?

 

According to data, the traditional criminal justice system is not effective for the young folks. It is because the traditional system primarily involves punishment of some sort and trying to correct the criminal behaviour.

It does not attempt to get to the bottom and isolate the reason behind the criminal activity. Ms. Norlen, who is a manager of services that works with young offenders in the age group of 12 to 18, says that understanding the needs of these erring youngsters as people is the best way to correct the behaviour.

She is of the opinion that most criminal activity has roots that can be traced to family problems as well as poverty. Along with her, the entire community of Kenora hopes to keep their youth in a stable environment through prevention programs as well as workshops. These can be a solace for young offenders to stay sober, regroup and make changes in their lives.

 

 

 

 

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Why A Rising Number of Students Are Seeking Help with Mental Health

The number of students who are seeking counselling has risen by more than 50% in the last decade. This is a surprising figure, and the majority of them are in the last academic year.

Now you might be questioning why one would need counselling for mental health even before they have a job or a family. Surely, it cannot be just the peer pressure and stiff competition for a good-paying job.

But anxiety does not differentiate age or gender. A lot of these youngsters are dealing with it more than their parents did during their heydays. According to researchers, anxiety is the number one cause for young adults seeking help. The most common triggers behind this are attributed to:

  • Pressure from family to succeed academically
  • Personal expectations to excel
  • Intense pressure related to social media
  • Problems with finances
  • Awareness about mental health

How can anxiety affect young adults?

Apart from anxiety, a growing number of students also are reported to exhibit self-harming tendencies and struggling to find an identity. All of these can be detrimental to their overall health. The effect can be mental as well as physical. These include:

Vulnerable students

Although mental health problems do not discriminate, in young adults some are more vulnerable than others. They are:

  • Students with learning, physical or mental disability.
  • Those who have a family history of mental problems.
  • Non-native students, such as immigrants and exchange students.

The facts and figures can be disconcerting, but there is also a ray of hope. The increasing awareness around mental health is encouraging young adults to seek counselling. This is an excellent thing because removing the stigma around it can save a lot of our youngsters.

 

 

 

Looking for help is sign of strength

Individual treatment is often termed as psychotherapy, and is meant to help people with their emotional issues, which can range in order of their severity or intensity. The main aim of this form of therapy is to change the quality of life by defining the path of life clearly, and bringing in more clarity. Whether it is the problem of repressed childhood that you are facing, or an emotional breakdown due to divorce, failure or loss of a loved one, a professional psychologist can help you revive your mental health through systematic counselling.

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