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TVO Launches New Site To Support Mental Health Matters

In an effort to support mental health, TVO has launched a new website in partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to inform and engage Ontarians in issues of mental health and addiction.  The new site launched yesterday and a number of promotions will take place as part of the upcoming Mental Health Matters Week (May 7-13, 2012), visitors to Mental Health Matters online can find in-depth resources covering all aspects of mental health issues and register for special in-the-community events from TVO’s current affairs flagship program The Agenda with Steve Paikin and its lecture series Big Ideas.

Some of the features of Mental Health Matters online include a powerful info-graphic mapping mental illness across Ontario, web exclusive videos, expert guest bloggers, live streaming of special Mental Health Matters broadcasts and live chats, as well as catch-up-viewing videos on topics of mental health from The Agenda with Steve Paikin and Allan Gregg in Conversation archives. Mental Health Matters online will also launch The Next Day, an innovative TVO-NFB online documentary that opens up the discussion on suicide.

TVO will also broadcasts The Agenda with Steve Paikin during the week and will feature  a special lecture May 12 and 13 by Dr. Allen J. Frances on Big Ideas.   As well an infographic has been created called Mapping Mental Health in Ontario, which illuminates the burden of mental illness in Ontario. Every time you visit a doctor or are admitted to a hospital, the results of that visit are recorded for use by research organizations. One major conclusion this research has drawn is that mental illness is a major health issue in Ontario.

Using data published by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (a federal agency connected to Health Canada), Mapping Mental Health in Ontario examines the prevalence of mental illness and its impact on health resources in the province. The user can explore and compare this data by navigating through short animated sequences and data visualizations.

A blog has also been set up on the site that will allow for web chats with guest experts on mental illness will open up the conversation to visitors to the site. Some of the guest bloggers include Roger McIntyre, head of the Mood Disorders Psychopharmacology Unit at University Health Network, on whether mental illness is preventable, and Steve Lurie, Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto Branch, will be writing a post about the housing crisis and the mentally ill.