New clinic to support mental health in kids

The numbers aren’t pretty, but the future may be brighter for families with children experiencing learning or mental-health issues, thanks to a new initiative led by Western Education. According to Children’s Mental Health Ontario, as many as 1-in-5 children and youth in the province will experience some form of mental-health problem, with 5-in-6 of those not receiving the treatment they need. The Child and Youth Development Clinic hopes to fill that gap by welcoming children who are currently without access to the types of services the clinic offers. This week, Western opened the clinic’s doors in the former Bank of…

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Music and its Influence on the Cognitive Abilities of Alzheimer’s Patients

Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease, in which there is a gradual decrease in memory function, intellectual abilities and a change in personality occurs (APA, n.d.).  In the early stages of the disease, patients often lose the ability to remember and retain new information. In later stages they lose the ability to think, speak and do basic tasks such as brushing ones teeth (APA, n.d.). Alzheimer’s has also become the most common and prevalent form of dementia, in adults over the age of 65 (Passer, Smith, Atkinson, Mitchell and Muir, 2011). Currently there are half a million Canadians with the disease,…

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Atikokan, Ontario: A Rural Community Health Assessment

History of Atikokan, Ontario: Atikokan, Ontario, is located in Northwestern Ontario, approximately 200km west of Thunder Bay (Atikokan.ca, 2012). The town is often referred to as the canoeing capital of Canada. It is also known for being a safe, and healthy community with a diverse economy, and strong ties to the wilderness. Atikokan was originally established as a rail stop for the Canadian Northern Railway in 1882. The name “Atikokan” is thought to have been derived from the Ojibwa-Chippewa word for “caribou bones” (Atikokan.ca, 2012) as the town site was at one time the wintering grounds for herds of caribou-…

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Farewell Dear Angel

Yesterday the world truly lost a special person. Normally I wouldn’t write a blog about this, but I truly think the world is a little less bright today. I learned that my friend and fellow peer guide Francis passed away from a brief illness. It honestly feels like a punch to the heart, i feel so sick to my stomach. Like the universe is playing some cruel joke. I can’t imagine what his family would be going through at this time. I send my condolences as we all try to navigate this difficult time. I was lucky to spend time…

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