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New research network will develop strategies to ensure that more young people are connected to the mental health services they need

picture 557In Canada, one-in-five people experience a mental illness in their lifetime. However, it is young Canadians that suffer the most, with 75% of mental health problems and illnesses beginning prior to the age of 25, and more than 50% beginning between the ages of 11 and 25.

An estimated 1.2 million Canadian children and youth are affected by mental illness—yet less than 20 per cent will receive appropriate treatment. With more than two-thirds of adults living with a mental health problem reporting that symptoms first appeared during their youth, establishing the foundation for healthy emotional and social development is vital to ensuring the mental well-being of all Canadians as they progress from childhood to adulthood.  [Mental Health Commission of Canada]

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Grieving in an online world

January 24th, 2013 | Posted by ccsadmin in people first radio - (0 Comments)

Online grieving, whether on Facebook or other social media, is becoming the new normal…but does it actually help?

After the campus shootings in the U.S. at Virginia Tech in 2007 and Northern Illinois University in 2008, hundreds of affected students turned to social media websites to share their grief and search for solace. A study of these students found that their online activities neither helped nor harmed their long-term psychological health.

The study gave a first-of-its-kind portrait of student reactions to shootings on their campuses. It also documented both the online and off-line activities they engaged in to memorialize and recover from these events. (more…)

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Being alone together

May 9th, 2012 | Posted by ccsadmin in currents newsletter - (0 Comments)

Social media and its implications for people with mental health issues

Social media, in the form of Facebook, Twitter, cell phones, and texting, etc. are sweeping through the world, much like a tsunami.  Thrashing about in this churning sea, many of us struggle to find our bearings.  Are we being herded around by social media, or are we in command of these new tools?  What does this mean for vulnerable people: are they being left behind, swept away into uncharted depths, or riding the wave?

Sherry Turkle, a professor at M.I.T., has described a radical change in the nature of social relationships, brought on by social media. She describes the change as a slide from full-bodied conversation to electronic connection. (more…)

Program utilizing a series of facilitated classes was created by psychiatrist frustrated by the limited time he had for patients

A course called Living Life To The Full was created by Glasgow psychiatrist Dr. Chris Williams, when he wanted to maximize the effectiveness of the limited time he had to spend with patients. The course is based on cognitive behavioural principles, and is designed for people who want to maximize their ability to deal with life’s challenges. The Canadian Mental Health Association’s British Columbia Division holds the exclusive license to present Living Life to the Full in Canada. The program presents cognitive behavioural techniques in an adult learning model, delivered by trained facilitators. (more…)

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Shyness, anxiety, and worry in Kindergarten-aged children can be indicators for potential anxiety disorders

A University of British Columbia research team has developed a simple two-question test to screen Kindergarten-aged children for future anxiety disorders—the most commonly reported mental health concern among children. The screening questions, which asked parents about shyness, fear, and anxiety in their children, had an overall accuracy of over 80% in diagnosing anxiety disorders in young children. (more…)

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A form of psychotherapy, Jungian analysis is an interpersonal process of coming to terms with the unconscious

Carl Gustav Jung was a psychiatrist and the founder of analytical psychology. He is considered the first modern psychiatrist to view the human psyche as “by nature religious” and to make it the focus of exploration. Jung emphasized the individuation of a person. The process might be described as being all that we can be by uncovering the hidden parts of our personality through dreams, active imagination and self-observation. (more…)

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