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Rural Mental Health .. In the news!

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    • #1833
      Jessica Turowski
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      To celebrate some of the “the good”:

      The Hinton Voice posted an article exclusively focused on our celebrity Animator – Charlene Sitar 😉 It is bringing awareness to folks in Hinton that can help broaden people’s understanding of mental health and mental illness, wholistic approaches, and local community events and activities connected to the Rural Mental Health Project.

      This is such a great article, with so many thoughtful comments – see attached file
      Connecting with local media is one of the community partners that aids to share ideas and activities, and the community stories as it emerges in your communities.

      Thanks to Charlene for sharing the article!

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      Jessica Turowski
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      Hugs not drugs: Researcher says relationships should be loneliness Rx

      “There is no medication that can treat loneliness,” Jivraj said. “It comes down to relationships. Doctors are beginning to use this idea of a social prescription, helping individuals find ways to engage socially in their communities.” And there’s good reason to focus on loneliness. “We know now it not only affects their quality of life but the length of it, too,” Dr. Ami Rokach, a psychologist who has studied the topic for 30 years, told CBC News in an interview. Beyond causing heightened rates of depression, anxiety and irritability, loneliness is now being associated with potentially life-shortening health issues such as higher blood pressure, heart disease and obesity, she said.

      Prolonged loneliness can be more harmful that smoking 15 cigarettes a day, some experts have suggested.

      See full article here – https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/university-calgary-researcher-relationships-loneliness-prescription-1.5288570

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      Jessica Turowski
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      News Release: More nurse practitioners to improve access to care – https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=644838267BF0F-DFCE-95EE-09FD66706FE67719

      Through $3 million in government funds, more people in rural and remote Alberta will be able to get health care from up to 30 new nurse practitioners.

      Recruitment begins soon for new nurse practitioners across Alberta, including:
      • Aspen Primary Care Network in northern Alberta, to provide services for many Treaty 8 First Nations in the area (such as Driftpile and Bigstone Cree) and Metis Settlements (including Peavine and Gift Lake).
      • Bow Valley Primary Care Network, to provide services in the areas of Banff, Canmore and Lake Louise, where patients currently have to seek care through hospital emergency departments.
      • Bonnyville Primary Care Network, where 600 patients are currently on a wait-list for a doctor.
      • Edmonton Southside Primary Care Network, to increase services for foster children at the Covenant Health Foster Care Clinic.
      • Sherwood Park-Strathcona County Primary Care Network, to provide services in the hospital’s opioid dependency clinic.

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    • #1569
      Jessica Turowski
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      There are many articles coming out each month that come across all of their desks. They can be inspiring, informative, or even disruptive. Check out what we are coming across and share any items you that have made an impact on you.

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