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Ottawa, Apr 30 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made today by Pam Damoff, Parliamentary Secretary for the Canada's Minister of Health, on behalf of Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Canada Minister of Health, Government of Canada’scommitment to ending gender-based violence by announcing more than $6.4 million in funding for seven projects aimed at preventing teen and youth dating violence, media reports said.
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More than $40 million over five years would be made by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) under its Preventing Gender-Based Violence – The Health Perspective program Investment to support Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence.
Strategies to develop and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships to prevent gender-based violence need to be taught to youth to avoid its immediate and long‑term impacts on individuals, communities and Canadian society.
Funding to design and deliver unique, community-based programs that will equip young Canadians with the knowledge and skills needed to help recognize and prevent dating violence would be received by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, the Calgary & Area Child Advocacy Centre, the Canadian Women’s Foundation, the Coaching Association of Canada, Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society in Watson Lake, Yukon, Planned Parenthood Ottawa, and the Université du Québec à Montréal.
In Canada, nearly 50% of people aged 15 and older who identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual report having experienced childhood physical or sexual abuse, compared to 30% of heterosexual people.
In June 2019, Canada will host the Women Deliver Conference, the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women.
During a keynote address to approximately 900 public health professionals at the Canadian Public Health Association’s annual conference in Ottawa, Parliamentary Secretary Damoff emphasized the importance of collaboration across the health sector to address current and future Canadian public health priorities, including supporting and advancing gender equality.
"Exposure to violence and trauma has significant and long-lasting health impacts, particularly on the developing brains of children and youth. The best way to prevent gender‑based violence and all of its associated risks to physical health and mental well-being is to promote the development of positive, supportive and healthy relationships early in life. Community-based programs tailored to the needs and experiences of youth are essential to building the foundations of equality and respect that will help to end gender-based violence in our society," said Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.
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Toronto, Apr 24 (Canadian-Media): Toronto Mayor, John Tory issued the following statement on provincial funding cuts to Toronto Public Health, media reports said.
"The province is cutting $1 billion of funding to Toronto Public Health over the next 10 years.
The province says it is slowly shifting the cost-sharing model over the next three years. It is not – these cuts are retroactive to April 1 of this year and they have been done without any consultation whatsoever.
We have been honest with residents that these cuts – which amount to $64 million starting this year – will hurt services provided by Toronto Public Health that save lives and, ultimately, save healthcare costs.
If you want to end hallway healthcare, investing in public health – not cutting it back – is the way to do it.
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa has been clear that all services provided, or funded, by Toronto Public Health are at risk as a result of cuts by the Ontario government. Approximately 91% of public health's budget goes to the frontline services that protect and help all our residents, especially children and seniors.
Funding that goes to Toronto Public Health right now supports 602 school communities to provide more than 37 million meals to more than 200,000 children and youth in Toronto.
The province has yet to clarify how it can cut funding to Toronto Public Health without that cut applying to student nutrition programs.
These cuts put the health and well-being of our city at risk. Last year alone, Toronto Public Health:
We have been clear that this is an incredibly serious funding change which puts our city's health at risk and will put lives at risk here in Toronto and across the province.”
#Ontario; #Canada, #CanadaMentalHealth, #MentalHealthDepression,
Toronto, Apr 20 (Canadian-Media): One in five Ontario children and youth suffer from a mental disorder, but less than one-third have had contact with a mental health care provider, says the Ontario Child Health Study (OCHS).
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Although those overall results echo a similar study from 1983, the new study found a much larger proportion of children and youth with a disorder had contact with other health providers and in other settings, most often through schools.
The new study, called the 2014 OCHS for when data collection started, found that the patterns of prevalence among different sexes and age groups have changed.
Hyperactivity disorder in boys four to 11 years old jumped dramatically from nine to 16 percent, but there has been a substantial drop in disruptive behaviour among males 12 to 16 years old from 10 to 3 per cent. There has been a steep increase in anxiety and depression among both male and female youth from 9 to 13 per cent.
At the same time, there was a significant rise in perceptions of need for professional help with mental health disorders, rising from seven per cent in the original OCHS in 1983 to 19 per cent in the 2014 OCHS. However, the study authors say it is difficult to estimate whether it is tied to the growing prominence of anti-stigma and mental health awareness campaigns over the past three decades.
In 30 years, the prevalence of any disorder increased in communities with a population of 1,000 to 100,000, rather than large urban areas, and there is strong evidence that poor children are more likely to have a disorder if their neighbourhood is one where violence is more common.
The study also found that in the past year more than eight per cent of youth thought about suicide, and 4 per cent reported a suicide attempt.
The 2014 OCHS study included 10,802 children and youth aged four to 17 in 6,537 families. It replicated and expanded on the landmark 1983 Ontario Child Health Study of 3,290 children in 1,869 families.
The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry has simultaneously published eight papers on different aspects of the 2014 OCHS results.
"This is a very robust study we feel represents the situation in Canada," said Michael Boyle, co-principal investigator of the study. "That means there are more than a million Canadian children and youth with a mental health problem. This needs to be addressed."
Co-principal investigator Kathy Georgiades added: "This study underscores the continued need for effective prevention and intervention programs."