Tag Archives: mental health

(1092) Ontario mental health costs


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:
Many Ontarians with mental-health issues must choose between food and meds

image: Nancy L. Stockdale via Flickr/CC

(723) Every fifth suicide unemployment related [Study]

910972416_f337a8c2e2_zJust 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

image: marie-II via Flickr/CC

(513) At Home/Chez Soi success against homelessness

Housing and mental healthCanada’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.

Mental Health Commission of Canada unveils major study on homelessness reduction metronews.ca

Housing and homelessness 
mentalhealthcommission.ca – this page features a number of topic-related documents