Mayor’s Talk Covers Pandemic Exhaustion and Reasons for Hope

For the second time, Mayor Cam Guthrie marked World Mental Health Day with a Zoom event, and fittingly, the pandemic was the topic of conversation in this 22nd annual Mayor’s Talk on Mental Health. You might have been concerned that it was going to be kind of a bummer for those in attendance, but the talk was surprisingly hopeful because even though we’re all exhausted at this point in the pandemic, it should be noted that so is the virus. Continue reading “Mayor’s Talk Covers Pandemic Exhaustion and Reasons for Hope”

GUELPH POLITICAST #284 – Expanding the Mental Health Landscape

Last week, ground was broken for the future Centre for Children’s Mental Health and Developmental Services Building, which will come to be known as the Grove. When it opens in 2023, the Grove will offer 30 service providers across three floors helping 9,000 local children, youth and their families needing mental health and developmental services, support and treatment each year, and all courtesy of a unique and generous partnership. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #284 – Expanding the Mental Health Landscape”

Ground Broken for New Youth Mental Health Centre, Plus New Funding

Even before the pandemic, services for area youth, especially mental health services, have been sorely lacking. A giant leap forward was initiated on Thursday with the ground-breaking for the new Centre for Children’s Mental Health and Developmental Services Building. When it opens in less than two years, it will be a hub over 30 service providers and be a magnet for over 9,000 local children, youths and their families. Continue reading “Ground Broken for New Youth Mental Health Centre, Plus New Funding”

Police and CMHA Formally Ask for Help to Expand IMPACT Program

The Integrated Mobile Police and Crisis Team (IMPACT) program has been widely considered a success in Guelph when it comes to responding to residents suffering a metal health crisis. Despite its success though, IMPACT is still limited by how many hours in the day it can operate, which is why local stakeholders are reaching out to the Government of Ontario for financial assistance to make IMPACT available 24/7. Continue reading “Police and CMHA Formally Ask for Help to Expand IMPACT Program”

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”