Mental Health

147 articles:
by Max Binks-Collier

How one ER partnered with a mental-health organization to care for youth in distress

Young adults recovering from mental illness and substance use are working in the emergency room of a Toronto hospital to give young patients in psychological distress the support they need.

by Peggy Hamilton

Humour really is the best medicine

Humour has an important place in medicine. It is a proven balm for patient experience, it improves our relationships with patients and is a resource for medical practitioners.  

by Rachel Watts

‘Some people describe it as being magical’: Horses provide a unique form of relaxation therapy for front-line workers

Front-line health-care workers are coping with stress and burnout by spending time with horses, an experience that some describe as "magical."

by Juweiriya Ahmed Kevin Jia Qi Chen Dorothy Qian Laura Diamond

‘It’s hell for inmates in there’: COVID precautions in prisons are worsening mental health

COVID-19 precautions in prisons, such as extended lockdowns and reduced visits, are taking a serious toll on prisoners' mental health

by Miranda Caley

‘The way I talk has become different’: Isolation taking mental toll on LTC residents

Many elderly adults with dementia in long-term care homes have experienced a large increase in memory loss due to the isolation caused by visitor restrictions.

by Kaleigh Alkenbrack

‘This is not on their radar’: PTSD among COVID survivors an emerging public health threat

Canadian critical care experts are warning that we are not prepared to treat the large number of COVID-19 survivors who suffer from PTSD because of their experiences in the ICU.

by Max Binks-Collier

Saying Goodbye on FaceTime

Nurses have been using platforms like FaceTime to host visits between patients critically ill with COVID-19 and their loved ones. It's contributing to burnout – but also sometimes providing them with beautiful moments of human connection.

by Rubeeta Gill

Hero status putting strain on health-care workers

When the pandemic hit last year, doctors were hailed as heroes. But the hero-worship may be putting them at higher risk of moral injury – and its potential long-term, detrimental consequences.

by Anne Borden King

‘Mindfulness’ for cancer patients: Has a popular trend gone too far?

In the rush to embrace mindfulness, cancer centres should be cautious and practice trauma-informed care.

by Eva Zhu

Social media behaviour ‘a thermometer’ of mental health

As social media increasingly dominates day-to-day life, it’s not uncommon to see a sudden shift in a friend or family member’s online behaviour. The change in attitude may be an indicator of an emerging or reoccurring mental health issue.

by Joanna Cheek

‘Paradigm shift’ needed to deal with mental-health catastrophe

Provincial governments cover only half of treatments for mental-health conditions. It’s not that the public system can’t afford to cover such services. It’s that we can’t afford not to.

by Kathleen Finlay

Building a caring Canada after the pandemic

The pandemic has revealed shortfalls that go far beyond the supply of personal protective equipment and vaccines. It has shown that we need an antidote to the social and economic conditions that lead to physical and emotional harm.

by Amie Tsang

‘I need to do something about this’: Virtual care fills need in treatment of eating disorders

Many eating-disorder treatments were forced to move online during the pandemic. Service providers and participants say they're surprised by how successful virtual supports have been.

by Catharine Chambers

‘Hope is the biggest side effect’: Vaccinations spur emotional reactions from health-care providers

Health-care providers vaccinated against COVID-19 describe not just the physical side effects, mostly mild and short-lived, but also the emotional side effects: relief, excitement, and hope.

by Robin Blades

Beating the Pandemic Waiting Game

Many economists and psychologists study how to shorten perceived wait time. The end of the pandemic may come quicker if we use mental shortcuts to perceive time as moving faster.

by Casandra Boushey Sarah Willms

Pandemic highlights need for psychiatric EDs

Canada is undergoing a mental health crisis exacerbated by COVID-19, but hospital emergency departments are not suited for mental health emergencies. We need psychiatric EDs.

by Larry W. Chambers Madeleine Smith

As isolation nears its dreary end, we need a plan for brain health

As we emerge from the pandemic, we need a plan to optimize physical health and ensure good vision and hearing to enable people to stay sharp and reduce isolation and depression.

by Joanna Cheek

Home and horny? Sex during a pandemic

As the social restrictions of COVID-19 have stalled many sex lives, they’ve also sparked a sexual revolution for others by encouraging conversations about sex and pleasure.  

by Joanne E. Plahouras

Media’s portrayal of ECT is dangerous

There is a clear mismatch between media portrayals of electroconvulsive therapy and its current practice.

by Robin Blades

The endless ‘existential crisis’: Finding meaning in the midst of COVID boredom

Boredom can motivate us to find meaning in our lives, – even when we're stuck inside. The key is to find ways to satisfy that desire while adhering to public health guidelines.

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