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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Shameless Self-Promotion

Since I've got this blog promoting books, and other reading materials, I thought I would provide a link to my thesis, which was completed and accepted January 31st this year. I've spent 2 years working on it. And below is the abstract to help you know if you want to continue reading the 55,000 word …

Book Review: God in the Alley by Greg Paul

Hosea's love for Gomer was very human. Her betrayals made him crazy with grief and anger and prompted him to issue extravagant promises of revenge. He'd pout that she "went after her lovers, but me she forgot." And in the next breath he'd "allure her...speak tenderly to her," then he'd runt out and pay her …

Book Review: Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel

I think to myself: I have finally gotten so impossible and unpleasant that they will really have to do something to make me better. And then I realize, they think they are doing all they can and it's not working. They have no idea what a bottomless pit of misery I am. They will have …