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New outpatient program puts trauma help for first responders front and centre

A new outpatient program by Homewood Health in Mississauga will bring help to first responders who experience post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Natalie Nanowski - CBC News - Nov 8th 2016

Laurier to establish Music Therapist-in-Residence with Homewood Health Centre

Wilfrid Laurier University will partner with the Homewood Health Centre in Guelph to establish a Music Therapist-in-Residence. The new position will supervise undergraduate and graduate student placements, provide clinical services at Homewood Health, conduct research at the Homewood Research Institute and Manfred and Penny Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research and teach on Laurier’s Waterloo campus.

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Homewood Health - Nov 1st 2016

The Development and Implementation of an Outcome Monitoring System for Addiction Treatment

Dr. Harry Vedelago, Chief of the Addiction Medicine Service at Homewood Health Centre—contributes to an important paper in the Canadian Journal of Addiction. The paper describes the development, design and implementation of an outcome monitoring system (OMS) within an inpatient addiction treatment program, presents feasibility findings from pilot testing and early implementation, and shares lessons learned.

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The Canadian Journal of Addiction - Oct 12th 2016

A Look at Stress and Workplace Mental Health

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, a broad definition of mental health is “the capacity of each and all of us to feel, think, and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges we face. It is a positive sense of emotional and spiritual well-being that respects the importance of culture, equity, social justice, interconnections and personal dignity.” Yet, a public phone survey revealed that Canadians all seem to have a different idea of what constitutes as mental health, which can make it more challenging to pinpoint in the workplace.

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Homewood Health - Jan 13th 2016

New Year: 4 tips for handling stress

As soon as the clock strikes 12, people around the world welcome another new year with cheering and champagne toasts—then the resolutions follow. Usually, these include common goals such as losing weight or making a career move. However, committing to a year of better stress management is a resolution that rarely gets the limelight.

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Homewood Health - Dec 30th 2015

What is Addiction?

Addiction is a chronic disease that alters the way a person’s brain and body functions on a daily basis. According to The American Society of Addiction Medicine, the condition is a disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry—which means dysfunction leads to a person’s pathological pursuance of the reward or substance they cannot abstain.

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How to Foster Good Mental Health in the Workplace

​Fostering and maintaining a positive mental health in the workplace delivers benefits to all concerned— employees, employers, and even customers. Mental health in this case connotes an emotional resilience which enables workers, and people as a whole, to cope with the challenges in the workplace and enjoy life in totality.

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Why Mental Health Matters

The state of a person’s mental health is very important to one’s overall health. As a matter of fact the World Health Organization sums up health as “a state of complete social, mental, and physical well-being”. Further, all three elements of health—the social, mental, and physical are interdependent which means if mental health is affected, so is social and physical health.

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Anti-Stigma: Knowing the Facts and Showing Respect

The Anti-Stigma Campaign strives to inspire, educate, and encourage individuals of all ages to support friends and family who are facing mental health challenges. Several public campaigns are spearheaded by various organizations; others are focused on sparking awareness amongst specific age groups, such as young children or adults in the workplace. However, no matter a person’s age or organization, the mission remains the same: erasing stigmas in favour of support.

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World Mental Health Day is October 10

Mental health is fundamental to overall health, quality of life and productivity. Each year on October 10, more than 100 countries on six continents observe World Mental Health Day in order to raise awareness about mental illness and to promote discussion about how mental health stakeholders around the world can mobilize efforts to make mental wellness a reality for people everywhere.

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Homewood Health is the Canadian leader in mental health and addiction services. With over 130 years of experience, we achieve outstanding outcomes every day through our national network of nearly 4,500 employees and clinical experts, and through the Homewood Health Centre — one of Canada’s largest and leading facilities for medical treatment of mental health and addiction disorders. Our complete continuum of services includes organizational wellness, assistance programs, assessments, outpatient and inpatient treatment, recovery management, return to work and family support services, customized to meet the specialized needs of individuals and organizations. Homewood Health is redefining mental health and addiction services to help Canadians live healthier, more productive and more fulfilling lives.