mental health

June 25, 2019
This is the editorial for an issue of the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction focused on post-secondary student mental health. How do we bring together what we are learning from across research teams, institution-specific strategies, national initiatives, and post-secondary students themselves on post-secondary student mental health and wellbeing? As scholars, we can become immersed in our silos of research and intention by focusing on individual-level factors or structural-level interpretations. However, in real life, each student’s individual lived experience matters, as do...
April 29, 2019
This report was published by the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT:In this document, we examine the links between mental health and substance use, particularly cannabis use among youth under 25 years of age. We summarize expert opinions as well as the results of a non-systematic search of the research and grey literature available at the time of writing, with the caveat that knowledge on evidence-informed practices will continue to evolve over time. While this report describes best practices or elements of evidence-...
April 29, 2019
This report was published by the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT:In this document, we examine the links between mental health and substance use, particularly cannabis use among youth under 25 years of age. We summarize expert opinions as well as the results of a non-systematic search of the research and grey literature available at the time of writing, with the caveat that knowledge on evidence-informed practices will continue to evolve over time. While this report describes best practices or elements of evidence-...
March 27, 2019
YouthREX Research Summaries ask Just Six Questions of research publications on key youth issues. These summaries get at what the youth sector needs to know in just two pages or less!  1. What is the research about? Bullying is a public health issue, with consequences for victims, families, schools, and communities. Most schools and public health organizations focus on addressing bullying at the school level. Fewer programs target bullying on electronic media platforms, despite evidence showing that cyber bullying is pervasive in these spaces. Cyberbullying differs from traditional bullying in...
February 18, 2019
In this study we explored adolescent perceptions of what was most helpful and most challenging about mental health treatment for mood and/or anxiety disorders. Youth seeking treatment at the First Episode Mood and Anxiety Program were recruited to participate in a follow-up survey about their experiences of mental health care services. Responses to two open-ended questions were analyzed for emerging themes and differences between age groups and gender. Males were more likely to report therapy as being helpful than females, 16–18 year olds were more likely to report medication as a challenge...
December 12, 2018
YouthREX Research Summaries ask Just Six Questions of research publications on key youth issues. These summaries get at what the youth sector needs to know in just two pages or less!     1. What is the research about? This research was part of a wider pilot project that aimed to create a practical set of supports for youth in the early stages of transitioning to stable housing. Most research on the subject suggests that youth who are homeless are significantly more likely to experience mental health issues than youth who are housed, but they are less likely to seek mental health care due to “...
November 07, 2018
YouthREX Research Summaries ask Just Six Questions of research publications on key youth issues. These summaries get at what the youth sector needs to know in just two pages or less!     1. What is the research about? In the first six months of 2017, five young people died while in the care of a Children’s Aid Society or Indigenous Child Wellbeing Society. Majority of the youth were Indigenous and all had struggled with mental health issues. An expert panel was assembled to investigate the deaths. Ultimately, the panel reviewed the deaths of 12 young people who died between January 1, 2014,...
October 12, 2018
This factsheet was created by Addictions and Mental Health Ontario. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS FACTSHEET: With the legalization of cannabis on October 17, 2018, it is important that we all understand the complex relationship between cannabis use and mental health, particularly for young people. Youth experiencing mental health problems are at greater risk for increased substance use and the use of cannabis during adolescent years has been linked to the developing of mood, anxiety and psychotic disorders later in life. Cannabis is often used by individuals to cope with mild symptoms...
April 27, 2018
This factsheet was created by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. All youth need to develop a set of core life skills to manage school, work, outside interests, and social relationships successfully. From the perspective of brain development, these skills include planning, focus, self-control, awareness, and flexibility—also known as “executive function” and “self-regulation” skills. No one is born with these skills, but everyone can learn them through practice. We know that early childhood is a critical time for the brain, when connections are being made that become the...
April 06, 2018
This factsheet was created by the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. For two years, the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health supported child and youth mental health agencies across the province in consulting with youth. The goal was to ensure that youth voice was included and reflected in the development of community mental health plans, and to help lay the groundwork for ongoing meaningful youth engagement; 369 youth were consulted in 17 regions, and youth identified the eight priorities outlined in this factsheet to improve mental...