Dozens of organizations condemn OPP for no charges laid in the death of a mentally ill man – CBC News – 2020-08-14

More than 60 groups including legal, mental health advocacy and faith-based organizations across Canada have issued statements condemning the Ontario Provincial Police’s decision this month not to lay charges in the death of Soleiman Faqiri. Faqiri, 30, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, was found shackled, face-down on a jail cell floor in handcuffs with a … Read more

Yoga shown to improve anxiety, study shows – ScienceDaily – 2020-08-12

Yoga improves symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder, a condition with chronic nervousness and worry, suggesting the popular practice may be helpful in treating anxiety in some people. Led by researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, a new study found that yoga was significantly more effective for generalized anxiety disorder than standard education on stress … Read more

New psychology study finds people typically experience shifting mental disorders over their lifespan – PsyPost – 2020-08-09

New research based on four decades of longitudinal data indicates that it is rare for a person to receive and keep a single mental disorder diagnosis. Rather, experiencing different successive mental disorders appears to be the norm. The findings, published in JAMA Open, suggest that psychiatrists and other mental health professionals should move toward adopting … Read more

Body weight has surprising, alarming impact on brain function: Higher BMI is linked to decreased cerebral blood flow, which is associated with increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and mental illness – Science Daily – 2020-08-05

As a person’s weight goes up, all regions of the brain go down in activity and blood flow, according to a new brain imaging study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. One of the largest studies linking obesity with brain dysfunction, scientists analyzed over 35,000 functional neuroimaging scans using single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) from … Read more

Americans are dying after drinking hand sanitizer, CDC says – CTV News – 2020-08-06

People are getting sick and even dying after swallowing hand sanitizer, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. Four died and others have suffered impaired vision or seizures, the CDC says. Hand sanitizer is everywhere and is useful for cleaning the hands during the coronavirus pandemic. But it’s not safe to swallow, … Read more

‘Do our lives count for less?’: COVID-19 exposes cracks in disability aid – CTV News – 2020-08-06

Karyn Keith says she isn’t asking for much. All she wants is the same support she’d receive if she was out of a job because of the pandemic, rather than unable to work because of her disabilities. The 44-year-old mother in Brampton, Ont., said she lives with constant pain and fatigue from multiple chronic conditions, … Read more

Canadian Museum for Human Rights rife with systemic racism, sexism, homophobia: report – Global News – 2020-08-05

An independent review into reports of workplace discrimination at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights has found “pervasive and systemic” racism at the national museum in Winnipeg, and says the museum is rife with sexism, heterosexism and homophobia. The 72-page report released Wednesday stems from a review ordered in June following a social media campaign … Read more

Social circles of 10 people will likely last until 2021, Ontario premier says – CTV News – 2020-08-04

Social circles of up to 10 people will likely be sticking around until at least the new year, Ontario Premier Doug Ford says. “This pandemic is not over,” Ford warned residents during his afternoon news conference on Tuesday. “It’s going to continue going and in my opinion – I could be wrong, I’m no medical … Read more

Even if there’s a vaccine, pandemic may persist for years to come: Tam – CTV News – 2020-08-04

Shooting down some of the optimism around a COVID-19 vaccine being discovered spelling the end of the pandemic, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam says that vaccine or not, health officials are preparing to deal with the presence of the novel coronavirus and prevention of further spread for years to come. While some … Read more

As courts prepare to restart jury trials, advocates call for fair pay for jurors – CBC News – 2020-08-04

Canadians would rather get poked with a needle and give blood than sit on a jury, according to a recent national study conducted by the Canadian Juries Commission. The survey found that the only thing Canadians rated worse than jury duty was volunteering at a hospital during the pandemic. Now, with nearly two million Canadians … Read more

COVID-19 conspiracies creating a ‘public health crisis’ in Canada, experts say – CBC News – 2020-08-03

A lively crowd gathered outside François Legault’s office in downtown Montreal in mid-July to send a message to the Quebec premier: His government cannot force them to wear masks in indoor public spaces to fight the spread of COVID 19. “Long live freedom without a mask,” read one sign at the rally, which drew several … Read more

The Canada-U.S. border could be closed for months. Here’s what you need to know now – CBC News – 2020-08-02

Gone are the days when Canadians and Americans could freely drive across their shared border for a quick shopping trip or to visit family and friends. Now, the Canada-U.S. land border that was once wide open is closed to non-essential travel, affecting the lives of many people on both sides. Here’s the latest on what … Read more

Saskatchewan inmate files human rights complaint over mental health – Global News – 2020-07-31

The death of her brother weighs on Prairie Crowe’s mind. Nicholas Dinardo is alive, but behind bars. The 28-year-old Indigenous man has attempted suicide multiple times and spent long stints in isolation, she says, including more than 200 days while he was in remand before his current five-year sentence for aggravated assault, assault with a … Read more

Having Realistic Expectations Could Make You Happier Than Being Over-Optimistic – The British Psychological Society Research Digest – 2020-07-28

There are fairly good arguments for optimism and pessimism both. Optimists, who see the best in everything, are likely to have a sunnier disposition; pessimists, on the other hand, would argue that their negative expectations never leave them disappointed when the worst actually happens. But in the end, it might be realists who win out. … Read more

Researchers Assume White Americans Are More Representative Of Humankind Than Other Groups, According To Analysis Of Psychology Paper Titles – The British Psychological Society Research Digest – 2020-07-29

It’s well-known that psychology has a problem with generalisability. Studies overwhelmingly involve “WEIRD” participants: those who are western and educated, from industrialised, rich and democratic societies. And while there is increasing recognition that other populations need better representation in research, many psychologists still often draw sweeping conclusions about humanity based on results from a narrow … Read more

Fake journals in the age of fake news: the dangers of predatory publishing – Healthy Debate – 2020-07-20

The emergence of “predatory journals” has clouded the available health information needed for sound, evidence-based advice to support decision-making for patients and the public. Health research has led to improved therapies, new medicines, new surgeries and improved patient safety. According to Statistics Canada, average life expectancy in Canada is now 82 years and much of … Read more

Lithium in drinking water linked with lower suicide rates – Science Daily – 2020-07-27

Naturally occurring lithium in public drinking water may have an anti-suicidal effect — according to a new study from Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London. Published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, the study collated research from around the world and found that … Read more

Hedonism leads to happiness – Science Daily – 2020-07-27

Relaxing on the sofa or savoring a delicious meal: Enjoying short-term pleasurable activities that don’t lead to long-term goals contributes at least as much to a happy life as self-control, according to new research from the University of Zurich and Radboud University in the Netherlands. The researchers therefore argue for a greater appreciation of hedonism … Read more

Man remains stuck in a forensic mental health system some say is biased against Black people – CBC News – 2020-07-27

Five years ago, 20-year-old Mark Waweru, then a student at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., and a budding hip hop artist, had his first psychotic episode. It’s a night that changed the course of his life and left him locked in the forensic mental health system in Ontario for more than four years — … Read more

Hamilton police chief open to other agencies responding to mental health, addictions calls – CBC News – 2020-07-25

After weeks of public outcry for police reform, Hamliton’s police chief says, despite some reservations, he’s open to allowing community agencies to respond to service calls related to mental health and addictions issues. Those comments came during a Hamilton Police Services Board meeting on Thursday, about 90 minutes after Black Lives Matter activists painted “DEFUND … Read more

Re-imagined Policing Helps Protect Those With Mental Illness – Psychology Today – 2020-07-23

As activists continue to push municipalities to defund or unbundle the police, questioning why law enforcement is tasked with responsibilities well beyond enforcing the law, our society can benefit from contemplating how to change the way we respond to individuals experiencing mental health crises. It’s time. Our system of response has long been to call … Read more

Transgender minister dismissed from position at Mississauga church after coming out – Global News – 2020-07-22

More than a month after coming out as a transgender woman during a sermon, Junia Joplin has been dismissed from her position at a Mississauga church in a close vote by the congregation. “This has been an emotional week. There has been a variety of emotions. I’m sad. I don’t feel great putting an end … Read more

Religious People In The US — But Not Elsewhere In The World — Have More Negative Attitudes Towards Science – British Psychological Society Research Digest – 2020-07-21

It’s a common view among the public — and certain intellectuals — that science and religion are in fundamental opposition to each other, despite claims to the contrary. As Richard Dawkins put it in his essay The Great Convergence, “To an honest judge, the alleged convergence between religion and science is a shallow, empty, hollow, … Read more

Try ‘glory holes’ for safer sex during coronavirus, B.C. CDC says – Global News – 2020-07-22

B.C. health officials are recommending an age-old, occasionally cutting-edge tactic for sex during the coronavirus pandemic: “glory holes.” The B.C. Centre for Disease Control added new recommendations for socially distant sex to its COVID-19 website this week. One of those tips was to try using a “glory hole” — a hole cut into a wall … Read more

Average-Size Erect Penis: Fiction, Fact, and the Need for Counseling – Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy – 2020-07-15

Most men believe that the average length of an erect penis is greater than 6 inches (15.24 cm). This belief is due, in part, to several often-cited studies that relied on self-reported measurements, with means of about 6.2 inches (15.75 cm) for heterosexual men and even greater for gay men. These studies suffered from both volunteer bias … Read more

B.C. premier asks Trudeau to decriminalize drug possession as overdose deaths spike – CBC – 2020-07-20

British Columbia’s premier is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take an “enormous step” to reduce stigma associated with illicit drug use by decriminalizing possession for personal use. In a letter sent Monday to the prime minister, John Horgan says people in B.C. are experiencing unprecedented rates of overdose-related harms, including deaths, because of the … Read more