Here are some articles and documents that you may find informative and/or helpful.
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This comprehensive review of discharge/transition planning practices in the Champlain LHIN was done in 2010 by Elizabeth Lynch, an Ottawa psychologist. The information it contains is still valid today... as are the report's recommendations for low-cost system enhancements.
Out of the Shadows at Last
Highlights and recommendations of the final report of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, “Out of the Shadows at Last – Transforming Mental Health, Mental Illness and Addiction Services in Canada.”
Getting a Psychiatric Assessment
When a person appears to be suffering from a mental disorder, but is unwilling to obtain help, a mental health assessment may be necessary. This document offers some guidance.
Mental Illness Facts & Figures
This two-page fact sheet contains some very interesting statistics you may want to share with family and friends.
Mental Illness and the Law
This guide will help you learn about the forensic mental health system in Ontario. If you, or someone you know, has a mental illness and has come into contact with the law, you should read this guide.
Coping with the Holidays
The holiday season is supposed to be a time full of joy, parties and gatherings with friends and families. But the holidays can be a difficult time for many persons dealing with mental illness. Here are some tips that may help you as a caregiver.
Support for Families
These suggestions come from the experiences of other families who have learned to live with mood disorders as part of their lives.
Tips for Coping with a Mentally Ill Loved One
Twelve practical ideas on how to cope with situations many of us encounter.
A thought-provoking article by Malcolm Gladwell that appeared in the New Yorker on why problems like homelessness may be easier to solve than to manage.