Province Hosts First Atlantic Mental Health Summit

first_imgHealth representatives from the Atlantic provinces gathered in Halifax this week for the first Atlantic Mental Health Summit. They have been discussing ways the provinces can work together and raise the profile of mental health issues at all levels of government. During the summit they have also heard from national and international experts. Health Minister Maureen MacDonald offered to lead the summit at the Atlantic health minister’s meeting in January. “The great thing about a summit like this is we gather from all walks of life, social workers, practitioners and experts to share ideas and best practices,” said Ms. MacDonald during her opening remarks. “The knowledge that is shared here will help us make the right decisions for our province’s mental health strategy, as we work to provide better care, sooner.” Delegates are participating in sessions and workshops to discuss mental health and homelessness, child and youth mental health, mental health promotion and prevention, public policy and a national strategy. One in three Canadians experience mental illness in their lifetimes, and many more are directly or indirectly affected through their relationships with friends, family and co-workers. The province announced the 12 members of the Mental Health Strategy Advisory Committee in September to help fulfill a commitment to revamp mental health and addiction services. The summit ends today, Oct. 29.last_img read more

Baby boy whose pram was hit crossing the road dies a week

Nicole Newman, 23, died at the sceneCredit:Facebook A baby boy who was hit by a car as he lay in his pram has died.Eight-month-old Luciano Newman was critically injured in the collision in south London on January 13.His mother Nicole Newman, 23, who was pushing the pram at the time of the crash, died at the scene in Croydon Road, Penge. Luciano died one week later, on Sunday.The driver of the car, who stopped at the scene and was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries, is co-operating with police, Scotland Yard said.Officers are continuing to appeal for witnesses and have urged anyone with dash cam footage, including footage from the minutes leading up to the collision, which happened at 8.08pm, to come forward. Nicole Newman One witness of the aftermath of the incident described the scene in a video on Facebook.”Boy what a sad start for 2019. (I was) just passing, going about my business and I came across such a horrific accident. A car hit a babymother while she was trying to cross the road.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more