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The 2021 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (#OSDUHS) asked over 2,000 Ontario students in grades 7 to 12 about their mental and physical wellbeing, as well as risk behaviours. Findings show that the #pandemic has had a major impact on youth. 🧵1/
The 2021 #OSDUHS Report reveals that the majority of Ontario students surveyed feel depressed about the future because of COVID-19. 🧵2/
The #OSDUHS data were gathered between March and June 2021. The ensuing report provides a snapshot of student mental health and substance use during a period of at-home learning. 🧵3/
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I was honored to testify today in front of congressional @EnergyCommerce committee:

"Lessons from the Front-Line: #COVID19's Impact on American Health Care."

My opening statement ... followed by congressional member questions...


🧵 1x
Mental, physical & behavioral health are inseparable.

The pandemic has laid bare our vast vulnerabilities.

#Primarycare is where ppl can be fully seen & heard, where trust is born & where we apply broad public health advice to pts' unique medical issues & lived experience ...2x
Approx 80M Americans don't have a primary care provider.

We must scale up/increase access to needed #primarycare services, as a hub for problem-solving for medical conditions like obesity, diabetes & depression, in order to heal from trauma & prepare for the next pandemic...3x
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(1/8) I’ll take “Shitty Behaviour You (Shouldn’t) Have to Put Up With” for $500

I’m often mistaken for an employee at @CAMHnews, instead of the patient I am. (What does a #mentalhealth patient LOOK like anyways?). I don’t hesitate to correct someone because I’m not ashamed...
(2/8) ME: [standing in the parking lot by my car in-between #rTMS treatments]

MAN: [cutting through #CAMH grounds with walking group of seniors behind me] “...and here we are at the insane asylum, ha ha ha, if we’re lucky we’ll see some of the crazies doing their crazy shit...”
(3/8) If I wasn’t so exhausted (and nauseated), I’d have schooled you. Instead, I’ll wait outside every day in between treatments while I’m here, and maybe one day I’ll be lucky and you’ll walk by. And I’ll invite you to have a conversation. And I’ll share my history with you...
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1/ Poetry for mental health? We have the evidence! In this #CAMHthreaducation🧵 celebrating #PoetryMonth, #CAMHLibrary📚 shares research resources that shows the poetic side of #mentalhealth support.
#NPM2019 #MentalHealthIsHealth
2/ Sarah Bonato, CAMH librarian 👩🏻‍💻: April is #NationalPoetryMonth, the largest literary celebration in the world! Reading and writing poetry has a role in mental health as it can help with coping, growth, healing, mindfulness, recovery & transformation.
3/ SB 👩🏻‍💻: Both clinicians and mental health consumers/survivors have written poetry to capture lived experience. (See Poetry and Peer Support, from @cbcradio… & Prize Winning Poet Turns Psychiatry into Art from @APA_Publishing…)
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Just over six years ago, I was diagnosed with a chronic illness. Not all that common, but not all that rare, this illness will strike up to 6% of the population at some point in their lifetime. Or roughly 2.2 million Canadians. 1/x
At best, my life expectancy has been shortened by 7 to 11 years. An illness that is also a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, among other medical conditions.

It’s a hereditary illness. I didn’t ask for it. I didn’t choose it. It was not within my power to prevent it. 2/x
There is no cure. Nor, to my knowledge, is there any significant research being done in 🇨🇦 (in the 🌎?) to find a cure for this illness.

And yet, those of us afflicted are told to cling to hope. That tomorrow will somehow miraculously be better. That we’ll be OK. 3/x
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