Her life shows how Ontario’s mental health system failed

On a frigid December morning, Flo Coulter drove an hour north from her Richmond Hill home to Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie.She had just received a call that her daughter, Stephanie, had spent the night at the psychiatry unit after being dropped off by police. Coulter was worried. Stephanie had long struggled with her mental health, and had recently suffered a string of life-altering hardships. Her relationship of five years had ended; her Ontario disability payments had been cut due to a paperwork error; and she was on the verge of being evicted from her rented home.The night before, Stephanie...

FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Two New Actions to Address Youth Mental Health Crisis

Our nation’s young people are facing an unprecedented mental health crisis. Even before the pandemic, rates of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts among youth were on the rise. The pandemic exacerbated those issues, disrupting learning, relationships, and routines and increasing isolation – especially among our nation’s young people. More than 40 percent of teenagers state that they struggle with persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness, and more than half of parents and caregivers express concern over their children’s mental well-being. To address this crisis, President Biden put forward in his first State of the Union a comprehensive national strategy to...

Mental health figures into Pa.’s education funding | News, Sports, Jobs

HARRISBURG (AP) — Amid a growing population of youth experiencing mental health crises, as well as another spate of mass shootings around the country, Pennsylvania lawmakers are prioritizing mental health services in this year’s budget by approving a first-time line item of $100 million for in-school support. Invoking the recent tragedies in Texas and Illinois, Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York, said that through the funding, the state will try to tie together mental health and safety and security “so there are not people who fall through the cracks.” Every school district in the state will receive $100,000 as a...

Psilocybin microdosers demonstrate greater observed improvements in mood and mental health at one month relative to non-microdosing controls

Microdosers were more likely than non-microdosers to be older (x2 (2, N = 1133) = 22.13, p < 0.01), of White ethnicity (x2 (1, N = 1133) = 4.62, p = 0.03) and to report full-time employment (x2 (3, N = 1122) = 11.83, p < 0.01); groups were equivalent in all other demographic domains (all x2’s < 6.03, all p’s > 0.05; see Table 1). Comparisons among microdosers of dosage and past-month microdose days found no differences across Age (days: x2 (2, N = 953) = 3.37, p = 0.19; dose: x2 (2, N = 953) = 3.31, p = 0.19) and Mental Health Concerns (days: x2 (2, N = 931) = 0.71, p = 0.70; dose: x2 (2, N = 931) = 0.21, p = 0.90).Preliminary analyses identified expected differences according to Age; the under 55 group demonstrated superior performance to the 55 + group on...