Published: Sun, May 12, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Local mother working to bring awareness to youth mental health

Local mother working to bring awareness to youth mental health

With barbecued burgers, activities, games and refreshments on offer for all, scores of community members came together to mark the strides that have been made in addressing mental health issues in Sarnia-Lambton, raise awareness about mental health challenges facing the community while also looking for ways to work together to address the needs of those facing mental health challenges in the future.

To kick off Mental Health Week in Canada, the provincial government announced an "additional" $174 million in funding to address service gaps across Ontario.

Vermont Care Partners is a statewide network of 16 non-profit community based agencies providing mental health, substance use and intellectual and developmental disability service and supports.

Two Western University doctoral students are getting some additional dollars toward their research thanks to the Ontario branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association. This program had its inception in the United States in 1949 and has since been adopted by other organizations internationally.

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'Often clients suffer because they do not want be identified as someone who has mental health problems, ' states Dr. Lynne Friedman-Gell, Co-Founder of Trauma and Beyond Psychological Center. 'Living a healthy life style supports good mental health, taking small steps can make a huge difference'. If you would like tips for starting a conversation in your family about mental health and suicide, please visit mentalhealth.gov/talk/parents-caregivers.

African Americans and Hispanic Americans used mental health services at about half the rate of whites in the past year, and Asian Americans at about one-third the rate. According to MentalHealth.gov, "our mental health affects how we think, feel and act". Indeed, mental health is the second most common reason for claims from group income protection*, with 24.1% of claims being for mental health; only marginally beaten by claims for cancer at 24.5%. "And it does improve outcomes, even for the most severe mental illness and addiction problems".

Skelly said she disagrees with that assertion and called this the first step in a "very significant injection of funds into wraparound services for mental health care", culminating in $3.8 billion over a 10-year period.

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