Get ready to #GetLoud! The Canadian Mental Health Week, an initiative led by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), is May 6-12, 2019. This year the CMHA is encouraging Canadians to get loud about what mental health really is.
The CMHA defines mental health as a state of well-being. Good mental health is further described as having a sense of purpose, strong relationships, feeling connected to our communities, knowing who we are, coping with stress and enjoying life.
It is estimated that one in five Canadians will experience a mental health issue in any given year.
We remain committed to designing supportive and healthy environments where we can work, learn and live. Learn more about how design can support mental health in these following blogs:
The WELL Building Standard, a relatively new building certification, focuses on how design impacts the health and wellbeing of the occupants of the building. It started in the design of office buildings and is now being applied to healthcare facilities.
Pet therapy, also known as animal-assisted therapy (AAT), offers a therapeutic benefit for patients in a healthcare context. Therapeutic goals can range widely, from improving social and emotional wellbeing to improving cognitive or physical function.
The Child and Youth Mental Health Program at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) is an innovative approach to supporting teens. This program provides mental health services and academic support to high school students who are unable to attend regular classes with an end goal of helping them transition back into their community and school.
Dr. Corring a retired clinician, administrator, educator and researcher in the mental health care service delivery field with 43 years of experience shares her views on the impact of design on the care, recovery and/or rehabilitation of those with mental illness.
St. Joseph’s Health Care London supports the care, recovery, and rehabilitation of adolescents and adults experiencing severe and persistent mental illness. The design supports the Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) model of care used by the hospital and promotes individual growth and skill development. The building is layered in a distinct configuration of “The Downtown”, “The House” and “The Neighbourhood” to represent the patients’ gradual recovery and potential movement back into the community.