Ontario colleges face mental-health crisis

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Michel M. Keller is one in a million and she hopes you can be, too. For years, the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario has called for greater and more sustainable investment in psychotherapy and other support services in response to what many believe is a mental health crisis on campuses across Ontario.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one in every four Americans experiences some form of mental illness. Making healthy decisions such as eating balanced meals, exercising, engaging in stress reduction activities, taking your vitamins, and getting enough rest are all ways to promote good mental health. There are classes for youth, companies, and a 40-hour class for police.

Saldana said that he acknowledges a higher mental risk among physicians and trainees due to the stressful nature of the medical profession, but said that mental health information is only used during student evaluations with the consent of the student.

"When you don't feel like your normal self", said Gargis.

Helpers must assess the situation.

"There has been a 60 per cent increase in people accessing mental health services since National took office but only a 28 per cent increase in funding". Eighty percent of youths with severe depression were left with insufficient or no treatment, according to the report.

"We know there are many people who might need help for a mental health issue, but who aren't accessing the services available". Sometimes a person might respond after knowing you are consistently there for them.




Evolve manager Kirsten Smith said this week that young people are asking for help but "services across the board are unable to keep up with the level of demand". An attraction of the day will be an exhibit of paintings, drawings and sculptures created by people coping with mental illness.

Earlier this year the organisation vowed to break the silence around mental health by signing the Time to Change Employer Pledge, which aims to reduce mental health related stigma and discrimination. In 1951, this week was set aside by CMHA to raise awareness regarding mental health issues. "We can recognize when we are not feeling well, and reach out for help to get better", said a May 3 release.

Campaign Coordinator Simon Oosterman says the Governments ongoing denial of the mental health crisis is astounding.

On Friday, about 20 Armstrong, Westmoreland, Butler and IN county officers completed the week-long Crisis Intervention training class at the Allegheny Township municipal building, said Lee Schumaker, law enforcement coordinator for the local classes.

All proceeds from money donated for the ribbons, to remain on sale throughout May, Mental Health Month, will go to the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Great Lakes Recovery Centers (GLRC) will be hosting two free Mental Health First Aid classes in May.

"With CPR you may use it once".

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