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Transcript of Mental Health
My Life with ED.
Mental Illness Stats and Facts
1 in 5
people of the population will experience
at some time during their lives
Burden of substantial
and significant morbidity
Six of the leading causes of
are mental disorders
Mental component of health has
over the past 100 years (World Health Organization, 1996)
"Ableism is a discrimination from able bodied persons towards people with disabilities and this usually occurs in the workplace"
Legal and Control Issues
Rate of unemployment (70-90%)
For people living with depression and anxiety (30% or more)
Research: people want to work but cannot find work
Face highest degree of stigmatization in workplace
(Canadian Mental Health Association, 2014)
People with mental illness often drift into poverty
Caused by: stigma, lack of sufficient primary health care and community MH services
Shortage of affordable housing
Inadequate income support
Social isolation which results to an increased risk of chronic poverty
35% of ODSP clients have a mental illness (Ontario, Ministry ofCommunity and Social Services, 2006)
275,317 persons in Ontario with a serious mental illness are unemployed (Statistics Canada, Canadian Community Health Survey, Cycle 2.1, 2003)
Housing costs has risen 30% higher than they were in the mid-90's
Fewer rent supplements and public housing available to ODSP recipients
ODSP pays more than half of their payments for housing
negative attitudes from others
stereotypes resulting in marginlization and discrimination
landlords should accommodate
"Achieving Health for All"
Funding and commitment to support accountability, research evaluation
The health care funding debate
Police vs. Sammy Yatim
lack of knowledge
fear on the part of the public
"Stigma surrounding mental illness is just as disabling as the disease itself"
(National Association of County Behavioral Health Directors, 2000)
delays seeking treatment
families and family members denying the mental illness
inadequacy of services available
unable to access community services
challenges in system navigation
Case study - Jenni
• 16 year old
• Both parents and Milo the dog
• Father – successful lawyer
• Mother – former ballerina
• Ballerina since 6 years old
• Mom’s dance studio
• Moved to new city
• Rigorous dance schedule
• Friends from the old school
• Lead role next month
• Drastic weight loss
• Withdrawn, unhappy, headaches, low energy
• Takes laxatives, purges and exercise obsessively
• Doctor concerned about her health
• Social - Intake and assessment
Friends from the old school
Sense of connection
Milo the Dog
Source of comfort
New city, school
"Try harder and you will be able to achieve anything"
Jenni's relationship with
Mental picture of herself
"fat" = "bad"
Cope emotional difficulties with eating
GOODNESS OF FIT...
"A man is as old as he's feeling, a woman is as old as she looks"
Who runs the world?..BOYS (not girls)
"You look like a fucking pig in heat, and if you get raped by a pack of niggers, it will be your fault."
"Oh Oh man I will do anything ANYTHING to sleep with you lesbians... okay I'll grab every guy's ass in this room. I'll caress it even. I'll even shave some ass if they need it"
-Stiffler from American Pie II.
What do all the following -isms have in common?
95% of the cases of inidividuals with anorexia nervosa, are women
Afford private health care
How could a social worker empower Jenni?
What are eating disorders?
of each and all of us to feel, think and act in ways that enhance our
to enjoy life and deal with
It’s when that mental capacity /
Health conditions that are characterized by
in thinking, mood, or behavior associated with
or impaired functioning.
Back to Jenni...
Why can't we all just get along?
Eating disorders are abnormal eating habits that can threaten your health or even your life. They include:
: Individuals believe they’re fat even when they’re dangerously thin and restrict their eating to the point of starvation.
: Individuals eat excessive amounts of food, then purge by making themselves vomit or using laxatives.
Individuals have out-of-control eating patterns, but don’t purge.
Jenni and social work practice
• Clinical social work
Doctor, nutritionist, nurse
o Initial psychological evaluation – assessment
Individual, family, group therapy
• Not Jenni but income support
Body image seminars
School, public speakers
Clinical social work
Initial psychological evaluation
Your reactions to the images? Thoughts and emotions?
Ecological + Jenni?
Canadian Association of Social Workers. ( 2014). "Social Work Practice in Mental Health" Retrieved from http://www.casw-acts.ca/en/social-work-practice-mental-health
Canadian Association of Social Workers. ( 2014). "The role of Social Work in Mental Health" Retrieved from http://www.casw-acts.ca/en/role-social-work-mental-health
National Eating Disorder Information Centre. (2104). "Food and Weight Preoccupation" Retrieved from (http://www.nedic.ca/know-facts/food-weight-preoccupation
Rogers Memorial Hospital. (2012)."Social Workers Help Put the Pieces Together."Retrieved from http://rogershospital.org/blog/social-workers-help-put-pieces-together
University of California San Francisco. (2010). "Eating Disorders: Prevalence and Health Consequences" Retrieved from http://psych.ucsf.edu/lpphc.aspx?id=6888
Canadian Mental Health Associatio. (2014). Unemployment. Retrieved from http://www.cmha.ca/mental-health/your-mental-health/unemployment/
McKenzie-Mohr, Doug; Zanna, Mark. (1990). Treating women as sexual objects: Look to the (gender schematic) male who has viewed pornography. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 16(2), 296-308.
Soble, Alan. (1986) Pornography: Marxism, feminism, and the future of sexuality. Yale University Press, 202. Retrieved January 19, 2010.
Why can't we just all get along?
gaps in work history
limited employment experience
lack of confidence
rigidity of existing income support/benefit programs
Tories Crime Bill
Your impression of the video?
Police force used on people living with mental disorder?
Highly stressful situation?
Melissa Di Fonzo