GUELPH POLITICAST #267 – The Science of Trauma

Over 15 per cent of our region has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which means that we are slowly but surely putting the pandemic behind us. But once everyone’s gotten a shot, there’s going to be an even longer term recovery project to consider, which is how we will mentally recover from the pandemic. The last great COVID-19 health crisis will be fought inside each of us. Are we prepared? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #267 – The Science of Trauma”

GUELPH POLITICAST #264 – Step Up and Do Better

Exactly one week from today, it’s the one-year anniversary of the declaration of a state of emergency in Ontario. The days leading up to March 17, 2020 were the first test of our collective mental health, watching the number of COVID cases steadily increase until things started locking down. But the struggles didn’t end last March, and they show no signs of abating this current month even though the end of the pandemic may be near. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #264 – Step Up and Do Better”

Mayor and Task Force Focus on PPE and Mental Health in Third Meeting

Mayor Cam Guthrie’s Task Force on Economic Recovery met virtually again on Wednesday with a focus this week on a couple of key areas. On the one hand, the Mayor is looking for local options to get more personal protective equipment, and on the other hand, there are also concerns about the mental well-being of people during this phase of the pandemic. Here’s the latest update about the task force’s activities. Continue reading “Mayor and Task Force Focus on PPE and Mental Health in Third Meeting”

GUELPH POLITICAST #192 – World Mental Health Day at Guelph City Hall

Over 4,000 people take their own life every year. That’s an average of 10 per day, and 90 per cent of those people are living with a mental health issue of illness. For one suicide death, there are five people hospitalized with a self-inflicted injury, another 25 to 30 attempts, and 7 to 10 people who are left behind affected by suicide loss. It seems like this a huge problem that we never really talk about, doesn’t it? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #192 – World Mental Health Day at Guelph City Hall”

Mayor’s Forum Marks Mental Health Day with Suicide Prevention Discussion

Mental Health issues are enjoying increased awareness and attention in recent years, but on World Mental Health Day in Guelph, an event hosted by Mayor Cam Guthrie focused on one area of mental health that still struggles to get a lot of attention, suicide and suicide prevention. Continue reading “Mayor’s Forum Marks Mental Health Day with Suicide Prevention Discussion”

GUELPH POLITICAST #126 – Martin Bauman, Canadian Mental Health Association

Mental health has been one of the most talked about issues of the current election, and it’s understandable. Over the last few years, the stigma around mental health issues has been receding, and people have been able to share more openly, which has been a good thing. The problem is that the healthcare system is showing the strain. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #126 – Martin Bauman, Canadian Mental Health Association”

GUELPH POLITICAST #81 – Kristina Virro, Nutritionist and Psychotherapist-in-Training

You may recall the this past school year was marked with a particular sadness on the University of Guelph campus. Several students took their own lives over the course of the fall and winter semesters, leaving a campus community in mourning and searching for answers. How could so many, feel so lost and alone, and see no other alternative for themselves but to take their own lives? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #81 – Kristina Virro, Nutritionist and Psychotherapist-in-Training”

Longfield to Hold 2 Town Halls, and Debate an NDP Leader Candidate

Guelph MP Lloyd Longfield is going to have a busy couple of weeks with three big events, two informational, and one to engage in civil discourse with a colleague from across the aisle. If you like discussing the federal budget, electoral reform and/or mental health, then these are going to be good times ahead for you. Continue reading “Longfield to Hold 2 Town Halls, and Debate an NDP Leader Candidate”