Medical School Takes Steps to Clarify Mental Health Policies

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Working with University Health Services director Paul J. Barreira and Chief of Counseling and Mental Health Services Barbara Lewis, Saldana said that Medical School is focusing on prevention and structural improvements to "promote wellness", including making the first two years of training pass/fail for students in the new curriculum.

Wang spoke to a crowd of oil and gas professionals on Thursday about the Calgary-based organization, which helps high-risk children and youth who have been traumatized, to recognize Children's Mental Health Awareness Day (as declared by Mayor Naheed Nenshi).

"I believe it's more common for you to see someone with a panic attack than someone with a heart attack", said Scout Young of Vandergrift, who took classes to help adults and children.

CMHA encourages everyone to raise their voices and to be more vocal about depression and other mental health topics.

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Mr Coleman will point to investment in mental health services growing by 18 per cent to $1.4 billion in 2015/16, but admits more needs to be done.

The Department of Health's (D.O.H.), Division of Mental Health Alcoholism and Drug Dependency Services is celebrating Mental Health Month throughout May, D.O.H. announced Tuesday.

It's Mental Health Week, May 1-7, and Alberta Health Services wants to remind you resources are available to help your emotional and mental health.

The new announcement invests $6 million in additional funding per year for three years to support new mental health projects in the post-secondary education sector.

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Much of that work will happen through the Government's "social investment" approach, which aims to use data to better identify where money should be spent, and if it makes enough difference.

Evolve manager Kirsten Smith said this week that young people are asking for help but "services across the board are unable to keep up with the level of demand".

There'll be more funding for primary care - to ensure people were able to get counselling sooner - in this month's Budget.

Dr Coleman will soon take a paper to cabinet suggesting further changes to mental health policy. First Aiders will receive a comprehensive guidebook developed to provide easy access to mental health information.

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"Over the last decade demand for secondary mental health and addiction services has increased from 2.3 per cent to 3.6 per cent of the population, an increase from around 96,000 people, to nearly 168,000 people".


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