"Nobody wants to talk about suicides. But when they do, relatives and friends frequently describe painful frustrations over being unable to get enough help, or being unaware of the suicide risk being experienced by their loved one.
A new assessment tool introduced by the Capital district health authority could help to change those tragic outcomes. It uses the simplest of methods — a one-page survey to be completed by medical staff for any patient who comes to a health-care centre with mental health concerns...'
"A psychologist at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax has helped the emergency room provide relief to repeat patients whose physical symptoms have no medical explanation.As a result, the patients made fewer visits to the ER, according to new research." (Read the research here, requires Dalhousie user login off-campus)
"The prevalence of dementia in Canada will more than double in 30 years with the costs increasing 10-fold, if no changes are made, according to a new report.
The Alzheimer Society of Canada commissioned the report, entitled Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society, which projects that the number of cases will more than double to 1.25 million by 2038 as society ages..."
The report is available here
"In today's world we are faced with a great deal of uncertainty, and it can lead to feelings of anxiety. Mild anxiety is unsettling and most people experience it at various points in their lives, but severe anxiety is something entirely different..."
On August 29, 2007 the Department of Health Promotion and Protection launched a Nova Scotia Alcohol Strategy to lead a major cultural shift so that Nova Scotians who choose to drink do so without harm to themselves, their families, or their communities...
About 5.7 million Americans over 18 have bipolar disorder, which is classified as a mood disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Another 2.4 million have schizophrenia, which is considered a thought disorder. The small slice of thi
The Mental Health Strategy for Canada is the first of its kind and is a culmination of the hard work and advocacy of thousands of people all across the country. The Strategy offers recommendations to improve mental health and well-being throughout Canada. Find out how you can make a difference today in the lives of the one in five Canadians who live with mental health problems and illnesses.
Depression. It has been called the mean reds. The blue devils. The black dog. And through history, treatments for depression have varied wildly. In the Middle Ages, depressives were caged in asylums. In Victorian England, wealthier patients were sent to seaside resorts for a change of air. In the 1930's, procedures like lobotomies and electroconvulsive therapy were used. Psychiatry's tools were crude and limited. No wonder then, when the Age of the Antidepressant arrived, it was considered psychiatry's triumph. Prozac came onto the market in 1988, followed quickly by many similar drugs. But, since then, the number of people afflicted with depression has soared. In this 3 part program, IDEAS producer Mary O'Connell explores the short and troubling history of the antidepressant.