Even a moderate increase in food insecurity and difficulty with one’s mental health can notch up quite alarmingly.
For a series of recent papers on the topic:
PROOF: food insecurity and policy research
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Precarious employment really is a form of second-class citizenship that isn’t good for us. A confluence of recent studies back that up, including a recent survey of Ontario Federation of Labour members.
Newly available data from the Ontario Disability Support Program reinforces the disconcerting, and expensive, relationship between low economic status and mental health problems.
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Ontario does provide some public drug coverage to its citizenry and of course many employers provide benefit coverage as well. For the mentally ill, things run a little thinner than we like. The Toronto Star offers the final part in a series on the individual costs of mental health care at this link:
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The Ontario Human Rights Commission adds to our understanding of the relationship between economic station, living conditions and emotional health with a new report.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day was this week’s publication in Lancet Psychiatry of a study on suicide and unemployment. Globally, about 45,000 people have been ending their lives yearly in direct response to a lack of work. The study included dozens of countries during the period 2000-2011. That means even before the Great Recession unemployment was damaging mental health. Even during good economic times suicide prevention and social services must be tuned to the influence of unemployment.
Suicide, unemployment, and the effect of economic recession
link to abstract
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MintPress News and socialworkdegreecenter.com provide a value-rich infographic on the effect of poverty on the brain for poverty awareness month. Poverty is tough on brains: we needn’t be a genius to figure that one out!
Canada’s Mental Health Commission has bolstered our understanding of how to mitigate a serious social difficulty. Excellent. Money well spent it seems on a program designed to get those with mental illness into good, supportive housing as quickly as possible. In Canada the system has tended to treat or control mental illness first and house later. Early results indicate a hopeful direction but the media coverage of this could positive story should have been stronger in our opinion.
Housing and homelessness
mentalhealthcommission.ca – this page features a number of topic-related documents