Category: Advocacy, Policy, Public Health

When Tolerance is a Bad Word

The horrific events that unfolded Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary school are leaving an indelible mark on the minds and hearts of people all over the world – 20 innocent children –  6 educators – and 1 young man –it’s almost incomprehensible. In just a few short moments, our world has been altered.   Certainly, over… Read more »

Tuesday January 15th – 10:00am Presenter: Carlene Dingwall This session is designed to provide an overview of the relationship between trauma and HIV/HCV transmission and treatment and to explore effective therapeutic strategies. As a knowledge exchange session, we will explore current trauma‐related research and discuss support trends being developed and used in communities to enhance… Read more »

          The Body has some great articles on mental health and HIV- including regularly updated blogs by HIV positive therapists. The BODY Website   Here’s a sample of the content:   Riding the Tiger: Life Lessons From an HIV-Positive Therapist A blog by David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. A Therapist’s Guide to… Read more »

Hi folks, Just a reminder that PAN is going to launch Case Conferencing in the new year. You may be wondering what this is all about and how we are going to do it- so I am going to sketch out a few details. Over the course of the next few weeks, I am going… Read more »

Hi folks, It’s been an exciting week. The Mental Health, Substance Use and HIV/HCV Advisory Committee met on November 21th and discussed and generated a wealth of great ideas and suggestions for resource development – which we are happy to undertake. Please find the minutes from the meeting here. MHSU Advisory Committee Meeting Notes Nov… Read more »

Global – Community Mental Health Trends

There’s some big shifts in the mental health field globally, that I think have the potential to positively impact us and community mental health. Here’s a little snapshot: The World Health Organization is insisting that mental health promotion, prevention and treatment across the world needs to be available and resourced. Evidence shows that 14% of… Read more »

Webinar on Aboriginal Trauma

Meeting of the Minds: Aboriginal Trauma On September 19, 2012, the CAMH Northern Ontario Area hosted a Meetings of the Minds webinar on “Aboriginal Culture-centred Approaches to Counselling and Community-based Healing.” The webinar explored the areas of wellness, wholistic health and the cultural strategies that Indigenous healthcare practitioners are using in their practices to address… Read more »

Women and HIV and Trauma: Promising Research and Practices

We know too well about the connection between trauma and HIV. Two recent studies have confirmed that trauma plays a significant role in both transmission of HIV and in treatment failure for women. Concurrently, new promising practices are emerging- in particular, a program called LIFT  (Living in the Face of Trauma) is demonstrating that therapeutic… Read more »

Upcoming Motivational Interviewing Training

Frances Jasiura and Cristine Urquhart from Change Talk Associates presented at PAN’s mental health training in the Spring. They are offering Motivational Skills Coaching in Vancouver in October and November, 2012.   Please click on the link for the complete information: MI-Skills-Coaching-Poster1 Who Should Attend? Helping professionals who have taken an introductory level training in Motivational… Read more »

Mental Health Training Survey Results

Thanks to everyone who completed the on-line mental health survey over the past several weeks. Your input was very helpful in determining the most relevant and timely topics to further develop. Given that our resources are limited, we wanted to prioritize the topics that you’ve identified over the past several years as topic areas in… Read more »

Mental Health Training Survey

Hi folks, A BIG thanks to the people who have completed the Mental Health Training Survey! Your feedback is very important and helpful in prioritizing the topics that PAN will develop in future. If you haven’t done so, please do complete this online survey – it only takes about 3 minutes! We will close the survey on… Read more »