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SOC 2070 Lecture Notes - World Mental Health Day, Family Medicine, Assertive Community Treatment

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SOC 2070
Linda Hunter

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Mental Health Supports: Guelph and Wellington County
- Jill Cruikshank, Program Manager, Community Division
- Get informed (Mental Health Awareness Week May 21-28 2013 and World
Mental Health Day October 10, 2013) ask questions volunteer
- Health
o Sate of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not
merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
- Mental Health Commission of Canada
o Key initiatives:
open minds
- Mental health concerns represents 15% of the burden on disease in Canada
but only 5.5% of health care dollars.
- Prevalence of Mental Illness
o 1/5 will have a mental illness
o 20% will having co-occurring substance abuse
o 1% will develop schizophrenia
o 10% will develop schizophrenia if a 1st line relative has the illness
- How do mental illnesses affect you?
o Disruption of activities of daily living
Symptoms: thoughts (thinking patterns), mood and anxiety,
energy and motivation
Disengagement: family stress, lost friends, risky
acquaintances, reduced formal networks and contacts for
social, school and work
Skills challenges: manage daily living and personal care,
social life, employment, financial management, home
management, housing
Cognitive Challenges: judgment, planning and organization,
decision making, memory
Access barriers: community and jobs and schooling and
Losses: self-esteem, sense of self-worth, loss of health,
changing identity, changed expectations and relationships
o Increasing isolation
o Relationship challenges
o Self-harm and suicidal behaviours
o Cognitive challenges
o Use of alcohol and drug use self medication
- Who can help?
o Family doctor
o Families with consents
o Mental health and addictions services
o Peer services and groups
o Housing and vocational supports
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o Counseling services
o School supports
- What can help?
o Medical and psychiatric supports
o Recovery and self help (beyond illness, hope and empowerment in
o Psychosocial rehabilitation (developing skills and resources)
o Harm reduction and motivational strategies (behavioural shifts, goal
setting, chooing priorities, coping cues, cognitive supports)
- Daily Management
o Monitored medications
o Education illness and self awareness
o Self management and coping skills
o Family linkages education and relationship boundaries
o Practical supports treatment access, housing, finances, etc.
- Don’t do it alone
o Crisis support for urgent needs crisis line, hospital emergency
assessments, afterhour crisis workers
o Transitional care short-term stabilization
Individual counseling and telephone support, education and
skills groups
o Counseling
Family health teams, addiction resources
o Informal networks
Family and support groups
o Peer and self-help
Consumers with lived experience, recovery centres
- Consumer Peer Specialists
o Team members with lived experience within the mental health system
o Provide direct supports, individually and within groups, along side
other mental health professionals
o Educators about recovery for staff and consumers
- Support Coordination
o Ongoing supports for individuals with persistent mental illness and
challenges in living, learning, working and social environments
Skills focus to love successfully in their chosen community
Intensive supports for illness management and recovery
- ACTT (Assertive Community Treatment Team)
o Intensive, interdisciplinary, team model for persons with psychotic
24 hours per day, 7 days a week
- Volunteer Opportunities:
o 1st episode (psychosis program (Trellis)
o support coordination with multiple agency teams and supports
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o social connections for persons with schizophrenia encouraging
community integration activities (Homewood)
o Housing transitional and supportive and crisis respite