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The Youth Mental Health Crisis Worsens amid a Shortage of Professional Help Providers

The following essay is reprinted with permission from The ConversationThe Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research.

The hospital where I practice recently admitted a 14-year-old girl with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, to our outpatient program. She was referred to us six months earlier, in October 2022, but at the time we were at capacity. Although we tried to refer her to several other hospitals, they too were full. During that six-month wait, she attempted suicide.

Unfortunately, this is an all-too-common story for young people with mental health issues. A 2021 survey of 88 children’s hospitals reported that they admit, on average, four teens per day to inpatient programs. At many of these hospitals, more children await help, but there are simply not enough services or psychiatric beds for them.

So these children languish, sometimes for days or even a week, in hospital emergency departments. This is not a good place for a young person coping with grave mental health issues and perhaps considering suicide. Waiting at home is not a good option either – the family is often unable or unwilling to deal with a child who is distraught or violent.

I am a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of Colorado, where I founded and direct the Stress, Trauma, Adversity Research and Treatment Center. For 30 years, my practice has focused on youth stress and trauma.

Over those years, I have noticed that these young patients have become more aggressive and suicidal. They are sicker when compared to years past. And the data backs up my observation: From 2007 through 2021, suicide rates among young people ages 10 to 24 increased by 62%. From 2014 to 2021, homicide rates rose by 60%. The situation is so grim that in October 2021,

Sask. Ministry of Health give timeline of health professional work expansion

Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Health said it is following through on a previous announcement to expand the range of services that pharmacists, advanced care paramedics, and nurse practitioners can provide patients.

The ministry said changes will come over the next year as it works with stakeholders to amend policies and regulations.

The Saskatchewan government said pharmacists will be able to independently prescribe, as well as order lab tests and conduct point-of-care testing, like drawing a blood sample to help patients manage diabetes or cholesterol.

Nurse practitioners will have extended privileges for admitting and discharging patients in some hospital areas. They’ll also be able to examine long-term care patients and be responsible for medical care, treatment and death certificates of residents.

Advanced care paramedics will be able to perform suturing for lacerations, cuts and minor wounds.

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The province had said on Feb. 2 that it would be looking at making these changes.

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Sask. to introduce expanded roles for pharmacists, nurse practitioners and paramedics

“These changes will empower our highly qualified pharmacists, nurse practitioners and paramedics, giving them the opportunity to make greater use of their skills and expertise to further support patient care,” Health Minister Paul Merriman said.

“Enhancing scope of practice will enable Saskatchewan pharmacists in hospitals and communities to serve patients with pharmaceutical care and medication management in a safe and timely manner,” said Amy Wiebe, president of the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Professionals Council.

“These changes will help build primary care capacity, ease health care system pressures, and improve access to care for patients.”

She said there have been steps to broaden the scope of what pharmacists can do over several years, noting that this is an evolving process.

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Wiebe said pharmacists have been reliant on practitioners who could prescribe

Today’s letters: Don’t increases nurses’ professional fees

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Re: The voice of nurses must be heard on health care, May 9.

Erna Snelgrove-Clarke asserts that the profession should speak up so that the voice of nurses is heard on health care. Just two months ago, the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) proposed a fee increase to its members. This is the worst time to seek a fee increase — when nurses’ salaries have been frozen for three years since 2020 and limited to a 1.4 per cent increase not yet acted upon by the Ford government.

Nurses’ salaries in Ontario are at the very bottom of income levels, and these health care professionals are in no condition to be able to sustain any increase of nursing fees. In addition, it is not ethically fair that RPNs should have to pay the same nursing fees as RNs, since the former are paid at lower wage levels than RNs yet do much of the heavier work of RNs.

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The CNO is promoting a fee increase “to continue regulating nursing in the public interest and to maintain pubic confidence.” This promotional justification is at strong variance with the public mood having come through COVID: Ontarians are fully confident and supportive of Ontario nurses, whose numbers are decreasing through resignations, burnout and career changes.

The CNO, over the past four to five years, has not “had the back” of the nursing profession; it has done virtually nothing to better the abysmally low salary levels of RPNs and RNs; it has not earned the respect and confidence of the nurses to engage them in paying higher fees.

George Neville, Ottawa

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The Ottawa Titans played their season opener on Friday evening. It was an exciting win with a great crowd and a six-minute

Health in Transportation Releases New Smartphone Face-Scanning Application Aimed at Uncovering Potentially Serious Health Concerns in Professional Drivers

Correction Notice

Please note the following corrections to the Press Release issued Jan 17, 2023:

  • The CDL Health Scanner is a product of Health in Transportation. NuraLogix does not hold any liability for any applications distributed under the Health in Transportation name.
  • NuraLogix technology, service and products do not uncover, nor identify life-threatening health conditions. NuraLogix technology, service and products are intended to improve your awareness of general wellness and health.
  • Note that NuraLogix technology, service and products are For Investigational Use Only within the USA. NuraLogix technology, service and products are not a substitute for the clinical judgment of a health care professional. NuraLogix technology, service and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, mitigate or prevent any disease, symptom, disorder or abnormal physical state. Always consult with a health care professional or emergency services if you believe you may have a medical issue.
  • NuraLogix is not responsible for any third-party products that may integrate NuraLogix technology, service or products. NuraLogix does not make any claims about, nor have they evaluated the claims of any third-party products using NuraLogix technology, service or products.
  • NuraLogix technology, service and products do not predict the risk of, nor do they provide Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) measurements in any way. NuraLogix technology, service and products do not provide customized health coaching from Medwell, nor sleep-apnea solutions by Dedicated Sleep. NuraLogix technology, service and products do not provide health education, or resources to assist with lifestyle changes.

Corrected Press Release

Please note the following corrected press release. A previous release sent on January 17 contained incorrect or outdated information.

ST. GEORGE, Utah, Jan. 25, 2023 /CNW/ – Health in Transportation, a health and wellness solution provider for the transportation industry, released a revolutionary preventative health tool for drivers called CDL Health

‘Bad and Crazy’ Should Not Be Construed as Professional Mental Health Advice

‘Bad and Crazy’ is a Korean drama TV series. Season 1 was released in 2021; and it is an iQIYI Original that first aired from December 17, 2021 through January 28, 2022. Netflix USA started streaming the series on November 28, 2022. Clearly, it was well received by the viewers because as late as November 2022, people were still wondering if there would be a Season 2. Loyal viewers would love to see the cast team up again to continue fighting corruption and crime. 

Who are the cast members that fans love so much?

  • Lee Dong-Wook plays Ryu Sool-Yeol. He’s “The Bad”. Although he’s not really a bad guy. He just wants career advancement in the law enforcement agency he works for and figures the best way to get a promotion is to overlook or cover up crimes that have been committed. All he has to do is neatly wrap things up, close the cases, and file them away. This way, he gets promoted, collects a steady paycheck, and does not upset the “higher-ups” in the police department or in the government who could make his life miserable or even kill him to get him out of their way! He’s not bad. He’s just realistic. I mean … he’s no HERO! Or is he??


  • Wi Ha Joon plays “K.” He’s “The Crazy”. When viewers are first introduced to this character, they might think that he’s possibly a ghost who decided to occupy Ryu Sool-Yeol’s body in order to make him do the right thing. But as time goes on, “K” is revealed as Ryu Sool-Yeol’s alter ego; a justice-seeking HERO! Whereas Ryu Sool-Yeol would get down on his knees and grovel at the feet of a corrupt politician which he knows committed murder and agrees
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