Vaping and Smoking: What should we think, what should we do?

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Description: I was at a hockey game the other day and watched the usual video announcement asking fans to refrain from foul language, fighting, drunken behavior or smoking including the use of e-cigarettes. I have occasionally wondered about the equating of cigarettes and e-cigarettes in sporting venues or elsewhere in public places. After all, the… Read more »

Schizophrenia and Gene Component 4: A Clue to Origins?

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Description: One of the keys to understanding the emergence of schizophrenia might be developmental and genetic. This article explores a recent finding looking at the way our system regulates the pruning of neurons in neural networks within adolescents in the role that malfunctioning of this planning process might play in the development of a disorder… Read more »

Fine or Phine? CMHA Mental Heath Awareness Week

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Description: Given our exposure to American media, you may have noticed that a number of organizations are referring to this week as mental health awareness week in the United States. In Canada the Canadian mental health Association runs a mental health awareness a week in May. If you follow the links below you can review… Read more »

Beyond Stress: Experience with Traumatic Events During the Term

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Description: So to continue with the upbeat theme of students and stress, the articles linked below focus on the impact of traumatic events, such as personal or family serious illness or the death of a loved one on members of the College and University student population. The web article suggests ways in which faculty and… Read more »

Stress and University/College

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Description: For many students but especially for first year students, the first (fall) term can be rather stressful This is especially true for students who have not found their education particularly stressful prior to entering university or who have not developed or built strategies for recognizing and preparing to cope with the stress of the… Read more »

OPA comments on Globe and Mail Open Minds series on Canada’s Current Mental Health Treatment Picture

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Description: So how do psychologists feel about the issues raised in the Globe and Mail’s Open Minds series on the state of mental health treatment in Canada? Read this Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) Facebook page post to see their specific response to an Op Ed (opinion/editorial) column by Andre Picard a Globe and Mail health… Read more »

The State of Canada’s Mental Health Treatment System: Broken? Fixable?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Aging Psychological Disorders, Assessment: Clinical Decision Making, Clinical Health Psychology, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Legal Ethical Issues, Prevention, Psychological Disorders, Psychological Intervention, Treatment of Psychological Disorders, Uncategorized.

Description: The Globe and Mail has produced a series of articles on the current state of mental health treatment in Canada. It does not so much focus on the quality of the treatment options available (they are pretty good) but rather on the general availability (or lack thereof) of such services. You can think of… Read more »

Poverty, Parental Education and Brain Development

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Description: Does growing up in poverty have implications for developmental outcomes, yes it does. Why might that be? Well one possibility is that growing up in poverty has a negative impact upon the developmental growth of children’s brains. Sources: Huffington Post: Study Reveals Sad Link Between Poverty And Children’s Brain Development Date: March 30, 2015… Read more »

Is Nature Critical to Positive Human Development? Project Wild Thing

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Source: Project Wild Thing Website, see links below Date: November 24, 2014 Links:   http://projectwildthing.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rJ260-JWcY The current generation of children is predicted to be the first generation in a VERY long time that is predicted to NOT live longer than their parents. David Bond, in this very engaging film Wild Thing, seeks to correct that… Read more »