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Alberta government spending more on mental health programs for children

EDMONTON - The Alberta government is providing more money for mental health programs for kids. The government says it includes after school supports, wellness education, as well as new residential mental health services for young people in the Calgary and Edmonton regions. Health Minister Fred Horne made the announcement Friday at a southwest Edmonton high school, saying the move would get access to families more quickly.

Self injury information available online, but rarely accurate

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Keywords related to self-injury were searched more than 42 million times in the past year, according to a new study, but what those searches turned up was mostly myths and misinformation. Researchers cataloged and analyzed websites related to nonsuicidal self-injury - which is physically injuring oneself intentionally without attempting suicide - and found less than 10 percent of the sites were endorsed by health or academic institutions.

Police, mental health leaders have national conversation on preventing tragedies

TORONTO - It's a national conversation that's finally taking place. Amid growing concern over how police deal with some of society's most vulnerable, law enforcement officials, those who live with mental illness and the people who support them have gathered to discuss what can be done to avert tragedies involving those in crisis. That dialogue — deemed the first of its kind — comes at a time when statistics suggest one in five Canadians experience a mental health illness in any given year.

Medical staff say services stretched as self-harming teens seek help

Mental health services are strained as a growing number of teens show up at emergency rooms across Canada with self-inflicted injuries and suicidal thoughts, say pediatric psychiatrists. "We're seeing twice as many kids as we were 10 years ago," said Dr. Hazen Gandy, division chief of community-based psychiatry at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa. "Commonly it's cutting," he said of kids typically aged 12 to 17 who slash their arms, thighs or bellies with everything from razor blades to the sharp edges of protractors.

Nicholson says DND reviewing further mental health improvements; mum on details

OTTAWA - Canada's military ombudsman and Opposition MPs are both asking why National Defence is just getting around to hiring urgently needed mental health professionals some 18 months after it promised to do so. A lack of available psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and addiction counsellors has dogged the department for years, but a recent bout of military suicides — as many as 10 in the last two months — has thrust the shortfall into the spotlight.

Conversation about mental health should be year-round, advocates say

Marli Brown was in kindergarten when the first signs of anxiety emerged: she lost most of her hair and was gripped by panic attacks that led to seizures and knocked her out cold. In high school, she binge drank and banged her head against a wall in private while maintaining a perfect facade as an honour roll student, student council president and yearbook editor. "I learned that I had to keep that other part quiet because it was considered to be weird," said Brown, now 36 and living in rural Manitoba. "It was almost like a double life."

Biden announces mental health push on eve of Newtown anniversary

By Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced a new push to increase access to mental health services with $100 million in new government funding nearly a year after a school shooting rampage in Newtown, Connecticut. Biden, who spearheaded a failed Obama administration campaign for stronger gun control measures following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, met with families of the victims and mental health advocates.

Case of man who claimed to be vampire killer creates challenge for court: lawyer

HALIFAX - The unsettling facts in the case of a man who claimed to be a vampire slayer when he murdered two Halifax men in 2007 have left the justice system with a thorny challenge, a Crown attorney said Friday. Mark Heerema told a Nova Scotia Supreme Court hearing that Glen Race — diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2001 — should not be held criminally responsible for fatally stabbing Michael Knott and Trevor Brewster because he was too mentally ill at the time. Heerema said it's important for the court and the public to recognize the complex and troubling nature of the case.

Man who pleaded guilty to murders motivated by religious delusions, hearing told

HALIFAX - A mentally ill man who has admitted to murdering two Halifax men in 2007 believed he was a god-like figure on a mission to cleanse the world of sinners, a forensic psychiatrist told a court hearing Tuesday. Glen Race, 32, pleaded guilty in September to first-degree murder in the death of Trevor Brewster and second-degree murder in Paul Michael Knott's death. However, Race's lawyer has filed an application to have his client declared not criminally responsible on the grounds he was too mentally ill to appreciate that what he was doing was morally wrong.

Group therapy may prevent depression in at-risk teens

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Kids of depressed parents have an increased likelihood of becoming depressed, too, but group therapy sessions may help reduce that risk, according to a new study. "What was exciting was the sustained effect over the length of the follow-up," said lead author Dr. William R. Beardslee of the psychiatry department at Boston Children's Hospital.
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