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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]