Suicide ranked as the ninth leading cause of death in Canada in 2009, but among young people aged 15 to 34 it was the second leading cause, preceded only by accidents.
During 2009, there were roughly 238,000 deaths in Canada, 3,890 of which were attributed to suicide.
The suicide rate for men in Canada is more than three times higher than the suicide rate for women. During 2009, 2,989 men committed suicide, representing a rate of 17.9 per 100,000. Among women, there were 901 suicide deaths, representing a rate of 5.3 per 100,000.
As the Research Chair in Community Management of Dementia at Ontario Shores my work is trying to improve the lives of people with a dementia diagnosis and supporting them, their families and everyone involved in caring for them to live as well as possible.
On Thursday, November 7, the Metabolic and Weight Management Clinic at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) was front and centre at the hospital’s weekly Ground Rounds seminar.
Launched in 2007, the Clinic was specifically developed to maximize health and promote better overall health in people with mental illness by addressing the well-documented link between mental illness and an increased risk of physical health problems such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
During his presentation at Ground Rounds, Jason Moores, Metabolic and Weight Management Clinic Coordinator, singled out of the issue of smoking as a contributing factor to poor health among people with mental illness.
Moores, who presented with Research Assistant Sahil Uppal, noted individuals with serious mental illness lose 25 or more years of life expectancy in comparison to the general population, while the average person with schizophrenia smokes 24 cigarettes a day and spends 27 per cent of their income on the purchase of tobacco products.
“The biggest misconception is that patients don’t care,” said Moores when addressing some of the challenges faced by the Clinic. “Patients are pushing back with a desire to do the right thing.”
The Clinic provides patients with accessible interprofessional services, support and education. Services include health assessments and screening, motivational counselling, individualized dietary and physical activity programming and medical and nursing management.
The support and treatment provided by the Clinic now extends beyond walls of the Whitby facility. The Clinic now utilizes the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) to improve access and delivery of health care by removing geographic barriers.
In 2009, the MWM Clinic received the prestigious Canadian College of Health Service Executives (CCHSE) 3M Health Care Quality Team Award. This national award recognizes innovation, quality and team leadership, and Ontario Shores was recognized for identifying a significant gap in mental health patient care.
Metabolic and Weight Management Clinic
CAPTION: Jason Moores, Metabolic and Weight Management Clinic Coordinator, and Research Assistant Sahil Uppal, right, presented the latest information and data on the Metabolic and Weight Management Clinic at Ontario Shores’ Grand Rounds seminar on November 7.