How might we bring awareness to and normalize mental health issues for young adults?
According to Mental Health Commission of Canada, “mental health problems are prevalent in youth, with 14-25% of youth experiencing significant mental health issues” (School-based Mental Health in Canada: A Final Report, 2013). Mental health difficulties can contribute to problems with achievement and relationships at school, and in severe cases, they prevent students from regularly attending class, and leading to further social and academic functioning concerns. Many youth who struggle with this will not receive intervention. Social stigma associated with mental health problems deters many young people from seeking help from professionals, and problems with access and availability of resources can further limit mental health service.
How might we break down stigmas associated with substance abuse?
I chose to look at the topic of health and wellbeing in regard to stigmas associated with substance abuse. Assumptions, stereotypes, and misinformation have led to the current prevalence of stigmas in North America regarding those who have substance abuse problems. With the current predominance of opioid painkillers and the fentanyl crisis, many Canadians are affected by these substances and the difficulties associated with substance abuse.
Removing stigmas may be possible through better communication and increased empathy for those struggling with substance abuse and their communities. By tackling misinformation and raising awareness more people will have a greater understanding of this medical issue and why stigmatization those suffering does not help anyone involved in this issue.
How might we create more inclusive environments/experiences for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing?
Alongside the various obstacles that the deaf and hard of hearing (HoH) communities engage with on the daily basis, a relatively unknown social stigma and presence of social isolation is found to be very prominent within the community. The deaf community has it’s own community and culture, as does the HoH community in the same way that the hearing community does. Individuals who live with a hearing impairment often feel a sense of social isolation, which can be correlated to elevated levels of depression. Surprisingly, this sense of social isolation is not mutually exclusive between the hearing impaired community and the hearing community, rather, isolation can be found within hearing impaired cultures, and can also be found between the doctor and patient relationship.
How might we increase patient satisfaction through health information technology in a primary care setting?
In 1972, all provinces and territories had implemented a federally-assisted health care program for their citizens.
Since then, there have been a number of health care initiatives and acts implemented at a federal and provincial level. The focus of these programs have varied, however, they all have one clear objective: to increase the quality of care provided to Canadian citizens.
A prominent component of almost all initiatives is an increased involvement of health information technology. This technology can commonly be seen in your family physician’s office in the form of the electronic medical records system that your doctor enters information into.
A patient’s journey through health care involves a number of stakeholders, but there are also a number of barriers (patient and physician) that may prevent a patient from receiving the best care.