Best Headline Ever: “Ground-Breaking Research Shows that ‘Housing First’ Approach Working to End Homelessness”

New landmark research findings were released today by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) that underscore the clear effectiveness of the ‘Housing First’ approach to ending homelessness amongst people with mental illness. The research was released at an event that featured the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development) and Canada’s mental health leaders.
"At Home/Chez Soi shows us that this approach works in Canada. A house is so much more than a roof over one’s head. It represents dignity, security, and, above all, hope," said Louise Bradley, President and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. "We are proud to collaborate with our valued partners to lead this work. These kinds of bold solutions are the hallmark of our mandate."
“Providing permanent, secure housing,” she added, “does more than keep a person off the streets and out of shelters, it provides a base from which to move forward. It creates hope where none existed. That’s the import of Housing First.”
At Home/Chez Soiwas created in 2008 thanks to a $110 million investment from the Government of Canada. Demonstration sites included Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montréal, and Moncton, and involved more than 2,000 Canadians with mental illness experiencing homelessness. Key findings from the study include:   
Demonstrated housing stability for program participants in all regions of the country over a two-year period;
Program effectiveness for people from diverse ethno-cultural backgrounds and circumstances;
For highest service users, Housing First has proven particularly cost-effective with every $10 invested resulting in cost-savings of $21.72.

This headline is golden.  Let’s hope the recommendations get taken up by government!

Best Headline Ever: “Ground-Breaking Research Shows that ‘Housing First’ Approach Working to End Homelessness”

New landmark research findings were released today by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) that underscore the clear effectiveness of the ‘Housing First’ approach to ending homelessness amongst people with mental illness. The research was released at an event that featured the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development) and Canada’s mental health leaders.

"At Home/Chez Soi shows us that this approach works in Canada. A house is so much more than a roof over one’s head. It represents dignity, security, and, above all, hope," said Louise Bradley, President and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. "We are proud to collaborate with our valued partners to lead this work. These kinds of bold solutions are the hallmark of our mandate."

“Providing permanent, secure housing,” she added, “does more than keep a person off the streets and out of shelters, it provides a base from which to move forward. It creates hope where none existed. That’s the import of Housing First.”

At Home/Chez Soiwas created in 2008 thanks to a $110 million investment from the Government of Canada. Demonstration sites included Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montréal, and Moncton, and involved more than 2,000 Canadians with mental illness experiencing homelessness. Key findings from the study include:   

  • Demonstrated housing stability for program participants in all regions of the country over a two-year period;
  • Program effectiveness for people from diverse ethno-cultural backgrounds and circumstances;
  • For highest service users, Housing First has proven particularly cost-effective with every $10 invested resulting in cost-savings of $21.72.

This headline is golden.  Let’s hope the recommendations get taken up by government!

Protect Yourself and Others (Before You Wreck Yourself and Others).

Protect Yourself and Others (Before You Wreck Yourself and Others).

I’m Breaking Up With the Word ‘Addict’ and I Hope You’ll Do the Same

"I may be in the fight of my life with drugs, but I am not the drugs that I take. I am a fighter, a survivor — I am never merely "an addict." Please do not destroy the totality of who I am by reducing me to that one word. We retain our full humanity despite our challenges, particularly when our challenges are much deeper than our attention-grabbing drug use might suggest. My days of chaotic substance abuse are long behind me. I am not “an addict” now, and I wasn’t “an addict” then. I’m just a person, who had a period of difficulty, pain and challenge. I battled, I failed, I tried again — just like most people. Why not try using any of the following as alternatives to calling someone “an addict”: person dependent on drugs; people struggling with drugs; person in recovery from addiction. The use of person-centric language may seem inconsequential, but I assure you, it is not. It is vitally important to scores of people, most of whom you’ve never met and never will. They are the people who, in the eyes of the world, are lumped into that “other” category you’ve created for them by calling them “an addict.”

Person-centered language, y’all.

I’m Breaking Up With the Word ‘Addict’ and I Hope You’ll Do the Same

"I may be in the fight of my life with drugs, but I am not the drugs that I take. I am a fighter, a survivor — I am never merely "an addict." Please do not destroy the totality of who I am by reducing me to that one word. We retain our full humanity despite our challenges, particularly when our challenges are much deeper than our attention-grabbing drug use might suggest.

My days of chaotic substance abuse are long behind me. I am not “an addict” now, and I wasn’t “an addict” then. I’m just a person, who had a period of difficulty, pain and challenge. I battled, I failed, I tried again — just like most people.

Why not try using any of the following as alternatives to calling someone “an addict”: person dependent on drugs; people struggling with drugs; person in recovery from addiction. The use of person-centric language may seem inconsequential, but I assure you, it is not. It is vitally important to scores of people, most of whom you’ve never met and never will. They are the people who, in the eyes of the world, are lumped into that “other” category you’ve created for them by calling them “an addict.”

Person-centered language, y’all.

I felt that no boy should have to depend either for his leg or his life upon the ability of his parents to raise enough money to bring a first-class surgeon to his bedside.

And I think it was out of this experience, not at the moment consciously, but through the years, I came to believe that Health services ought not to have a price-tag on them, and that people should be able to get whatever health services they required irrespective of their individual capacity to pay

Let’s fight that stigma!

(Source: upworthy.com)

Psychiatric community care: Belgian town sets gold standard

Hundreds of families in Geel take in psychiatric patients; people who suffer from schizophrenia, from obsessive compulsive disorder, serious mental illnesses. About half  of  “the boarders” as they are known, also have what is described as “a mild mental handicap.” 
Families in Geel have been looking after mentally ill people for centuries. When the numbers were at their highest in the late 1930s, there were 3,800 psychiatric patients living with families inGeel, a town at the time of only 15,000. A quarter of the town was noticeably mentally ill.
​“They are part of the family – we love them,” she says.

Listen to the radio documentary “You Belong in Geel” here.

Psychiatric community care: Belgian town sets gold standard

Hundreds of families in Geel take in psychiatric patients; people who suffer from schizophrenia, from obsessive compulsive disorder, serious mental illnesses. About half  of  “the boarders” as they are known, also have what is described as “a mild mental handicap.” 

Families in Geel have been looking after mentally ill people for centuries. When the numbers were at their highest in the late 1930s, there were 3,800 psychiatric patients living with families inGeel, a town at the time of only 15,000. A quarter of the town was noticeably mentally ill.

​“They are part of the family – we love them,” she says.

Listen to the radio documentary “You Belong in Geel” here.

Old Like Me: Why Elderly Care Needs More Risk

The fundamental principle laid out at the beginning of The Long-Term Care Act, 2007, in Ontario is that a long-term care facility “is primarily the home of its residents and is to be operated so that it is a place where its residents may live with dignity and in security, safety and comfort.” Then follows a dizzying list of regulations that would imply anything but. For example, nutritional care specifies congregate dining settings monitored during the entire meal, specific positioning, appropriate height of seating and meal times. There are 480 safety standards that homes must monitor daily.
At my home, I’ve spent more meals than I care to remember seated on my bed, alone, with my laptop in front of me. While that may not be ‘safe,’ it is my decision.
After all, we take these calculated risks every day: slicing bread, crossing the street, staying up late. Suddenly being regarded as unable to make decisions you’ve made all your life contributes to a feeling of disempowerment. In our attempt to remove all risk in nursing homes we have ended up with regulations that are so extreme that residents may no longer have autonomy or feel at home.

Old Like Me: Why Elderly Care Needs More Risk

The fundamental principle laid out at the beginning of The Long-Term Care Act, 2007, in Ontario is that a long-term care facility “is primarily the home of its residents and is to be operated so that it is a place where its residents may live with dignity and in security, safety and comfort.” Then follows a dizzying list of regulations that would imply anything but. For example, nutritional care specifies congregate dining settings monitored during the entire meal, specific positioning, appropriate height of seating and meal times. There are 480 safety standards that homes must monitor daily.

At my home, I’ve spent more meals than I care to remember seated on my bed, alone, with my laptop in front of me. While that may not be ‘safe,’ it is my decision.

After all, we take these calculated risks every day: slicing bread, crossing the street, staying up late. Suddenly being regarded as unable to make decisions you’ve made all your life contributes to a feeling of disempowerment. In our attempt to remove all risk in nursing homes we have ended up with regulations that are so extreme that residents may no longer have autonomy or feel at home.

Exam Rooms and Bedrooms: Navigating Queer Sexual Health

Queer sexuality is not a specialty in reproductive health care. And as this recent case of woman-to-woman transmission of HIV confirmed by the CDC reveals, health-care providers need to tell their patients about the risks associated with all sex. 
Indeed, people are having all kinds of sex, regardless of how they identify their orientation; we need a health-care system that is prepared to address everyone’s questions, issues, and concerns about sex, sexuality, and sexual and reproductive health. Unfortunately, sex education and sexual health services remain within a hetero-normative context. This must change.

And trans* health is another area within queer competency that needs to be highlighted.  Health care is for everybody!

Exam Rooms and Bedrooms: Navigating Queer Sexual Health

Queer sexuality is not a specialty in reproductive health care. And as this recent case of woman-to-woman transmission of HIV confirmed by the CDC reveals, health-care providers need to tell their patients about the risks associated with all sex. 

Indeed, people are having all kinds of sex, regardless of how they identify their orientation; we need a health-care system that is prepared to address everyone’s questions, issues, and concerns about sex, sexuality, and sexual and reproductive health. Unfortunately, sex education and sexual health services remain within a hetero-normative context. This must change.

And trans* health is another area within queer competency that needs to be highlighted.  Health care is for everybody!

The “We Can Stop It” Campaign

The messaging is simple: “Sex Without Consent Is Rape. We Can Stop It.”

The focus is squarely on the most common perpetrators of rape: men.

I also like how they’ve included both men who have sex with men and men of color within this campaign; although, more representation of both groups and others would be much appreciated!

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Sexual Health Center meets Youth

Congratulations to the National Health Service in the UK who recognized the need creating an inviting sexual health center that helps young people to feel comfortable and welcomed. The design firm Urban Salon built this inviting space in London to encourage youth getting educated and accessing sexual health care, including a cafe, garden and penis shaped mobiles.

This is what happens when we involve youth in the creation of the spaces that serve them - awesome things!  Keep the people first!

(via pubhealth)