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U of T raises awareness for mental health

Monday October 17, 2011

The Varsity

MIAW encourages conversation among students to overcome mental illness

Dwayne G. White

Inspired by a national public education campaign, Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) at U of T took place October 2–9.

Originally begun to raise awareness around mental illness, its prevalence on campus, and the stigma around mental health, the program has achieved such great success that the university has declared October Mental Illness Awareness Month (MIAM) on campus.

The forgotten election issue: Mental health care

Tuesday September 20, 2011

St. Catharines Standard

Where the parties stand:

The platforms of the major parties running in the election mention little about mental health. Here is what they do say:

— NDP: No mention in the platform document.

— Greens: No mention in the platform document.

Real issue for election campaign

Saturday September 17, 2011

Toronto Star editorial

Ontario’s leading mental health and addictions organizations have put aside their differences and banded together to try and vault the desperate need for more services onto the election agenda. We should all wish them the greatest of luck. This is exactly the sort of multi-faceted issue that our political leaders should be talking about.

Mental health issues overlooked in election campaign, say advocates

Wednesday September 14, 2011

Theresa Boyle

Toronto Star

A coalition of leading Ontario mental health and addictions organizations is baffled that mental health issues are not on the radar in the provincial election.

“We would have liked to have seen more in the platforms dealing with mental health and addictions,” Gordon Floyd, spokesman for the Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Alliance, told the Star’s editorial board Tuesday.

Seasonal mood disorder spirits lift in heat wave

Friday July 22, 2011

Canadian Press

For people with seasonal mood disorders, sunny days are definitely something to smile about.

Laid low in fall and winter by short days and diminished sunlight, people with seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, can suffer debilitating depression and related physical symptoms such as increased fatigue and a craving for high-carbohydrate foods.

Celebrate Mad Pride 2011

Tuesday July 19, 2011

Patrick Connors – Toronto:  Mad Pride events are going on this week, centred around the College Street United Church, as well as on the grounds of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

The Walls Are Alive With The Sounds of Mad People, by Friendly Spike Theatre, is a theatrical tour of the historic patient built wall at Queen and Shaw (CAMH) at 6PM on Thursday July 14th.

Goar: Ontario’s overlooked health crisis

Wednesday June 8, 2011

Carol Goar

If you live in Toronto, you’re surrounded by the best health-care facilities in the province. You have a better chance of finding a family doctor than the majority of Ontarians. You can get a referral to the country’s top medical specialists.

Addiction stats disturbing: report

Wednesday June 1, 2011

By Chris Traber

York Region Media Group

A York Region high school student, the product of a split and dysfunctional family, suffering from depression and self mutilation, had to wait months to see a psychiatrist. Only when the teen attempted suicide was hospital-based care offered.

A teenaged newcomer, trying to appease parents who didn’t understand the nuances of youth culture, grew increasingly despondent, frozen by the stigma of depression and lack of help. 

Teens teach Stop the Stigma of mental illness

Wednesday May 18, 2011

TAMARA SHEPHARD

May 18, 2011

Depression and social anxiety began stalking Asante Haughton at 14 when he moved with his single mother and older brothers to Regent Park.

His mother's war against several mental illnesses helped conspire to find the formerly sociable teen isolating himself in his bedroom playing video games like Off Road Fury and Super Mario World.

Teaching troubled youth the power of talking

Wednesday May 11, 2011

By TIM ALAMENCIAK
From Wednesday's Globe and Mail

Lorenzo Colocado receives an award from the Louise Russo WAVE Foundation for his work encouraging young men to open up about mental health issues

It's not easy to persuade boys to talk about their feelings, but that's exactly what Lorenzo Colocado has been trying to do.

For the past three years, Mr. Colocado, 18, has worked to establish and spread Stop the Stigma - a week devoted to raising awareness around mental health issues in high schools around Toronto.

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