My latest in CMAJ: http://www.cmaj.ca/site/earlyreleases/14dec15_dark-forecast-for-mental-health-in-alberta-cmaj.109-5207.xhtml
Service providers and mental health professionals across Alberta report an increase in the number of people seeking care for mental health issues, a spike some have linked to an economy devastated by low oil prices.
“The mental health situation here is messed up,” says Jennifer Best, the senior director of community programs at a YMCA in Fort McMurray. “We are seeing and hearing about more and more people with mental health problems and crises.”
While hard data on the increase is not available, Best notes that, according to a survey done last year by the Canadian Index of Wellbeing at the University of Waterloo, almost 3% of respondents in Fort McMurray reported they had poor mental health, compared to the national average of just over 1%. Continue reading “Dark forecast for mental health in Alberta”