Healthcare in the news: Faucets, Noise Pollution and Social Networks for Mental Health

There have been some interesting articles I’ve seen posted online lately, pertaining to health care. 1. Hospital Faucets Pose Infection Risk Healthcare Design Magazine recently posted an article linked to a study illustrating aerators in hospital faucets increase microbes by 10 times. This reminds me of an article I saw in the Toronto Star in 2011 which found more bacteria in hands-free faucets than in … Continue reading Healthcare in the news: Faucets, Noise Pollution and Social Networks for Mental Health

In the news: Stress, Anxiety and Canadian Youth – my response

Global News is airing a week of segments on Children’s Mental Health, sponsored by RBC Children’s Mental Health Project. Monday’s segment: Young Minds: Stress, Anxiety Plaguing Canadian Youth; is available online, with video links. The comments in the written article are interesting. I can understand why mental health is still considered ‘taboo’. With critics blaming everything from parents (labelled selfish), to technology (distraction), to the … Continue reading In the news: Stress, Anxiety and Canadian Youth – my response

Course: The Social Context of Mental Health and Illness

I’m taking a 6-week online course through Coursera on The Social Context of Mental Health and Illness. Coursera is a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. We envision a future where the top universities are educating not only thousands of students, but millions. Our technology enables the best professors … Continue reading Course: The Social Context of Mental Health and Illness

What's going on: Mental Health Miscellany

I’ve noticed a bunch of articles this week from various sources that highlight the current problems with mental health, specifically the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, so I thought I’d link to the posts with some summaries and why I found them interesting. 1. PTSD as an Outcome of Child Abuse by Louise Behiel (Blog) Louise Behiel writes in her website about the Diagnostic and Statistical … Continue reading What's going on: Mental Health Miscellany

Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The first mental health strategy for Canada

Monday, the Mental Health Commission of Canada announced the first mental health strategy for Canada. Formed in 2007 by Canada’s Conservative government, the Commission has a number of studies, including creating a comprehensive plan for preventative mental health care across Canada. I can’t find the actual report, though I am looking forward to reading it when I find it. In the mean time, check out the … Continue reading Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The first mental health strategy for Canada

Yoga and Depression

I enjoy Yoga. I often look up poses, and I find articles like “10 Yoga Poses to Fight Depression and Anxiety” fascinating. Yoga is one of those practices that helps you recognize what your body and mind needs physically, and most instructors patiently guide their students through the movements. The other day, I came across an article in the Toronto Star the other day, about … Continue reading Yoga and Depression

Call for Papers: The Architecture of the Psychiatric Milieu

The Therapeutic Landscapes Network has linked to a Call for Papers: The Architecture of the Psychiatric Milieu for the peer review journal Facilities. From the post: Facilities for psychiatric care have a tradition of standardization in design and treatment dating back to the moral treatment paradigm of the 1850s. As normative approaches to psychiatric care have changed, so too do the facilities used to house, … Continue reading Call for Papers: The Architecture of the Psychiatric Milieu

Event Review: The Sound of Writing – Readings at the eBar

Last Wednesday (the 24th of August) I made it out of Toronto and to Guelph just before the Tornado watches arrived to see my friend Jo read her work along with 2 other ladies for The Sound of Writing: Readings at the eBar. I’ve never been to a reading of people’s works before, only a CBC radio interview with Margaret Atwood (that was amazing) so … Continue reading Event Review: The Sound of Writing – Readings at the eBar

Award: Montgomery Sisam Architects for Sister Margaret Smith

I received my weekly email from Canadian Architect today, and the heading Montgomery Sisam Architect receives High Commendation for International Mental Health Design caught my eye. I bookmarked the article to read tonight, and was blown away, even by its limited description and small photo for the Sister Margaret Smith Addiction Treatment Centre in Thunder Bay Ontario. I appreciate the design focus on social spaces to … Continue reading Award: Montgomery Sisam Architects for Sister Margaret Smith