Psychiatry
Support mental health of youth during pandemic

Support mental health of youth during pandemic

As the pandemic unfolded, my clinical work as an academic child and adolescent psychiatrist also changed. Some of the families I work with are doing better, yet many are experiencing more extreme and varied struggles than they were before the pandemic hit.

Study eyes PTSD among public safety personnel

Study eyes PTSD among public safety personnel

Researchers at Western and McMaster universities look to offer hope to public safety personnel suffering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of a life spent on the front lines of major crises, like the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sukhera: How digital tech can reduce mental illness stigma

Sukhera: How digital tech can reduce mental illness stigma

As a psychiatrist, I bear witness to a broken system. Mental-health care is chronically underfunded. If a parent has one child with diabetes and one with anxiety or depression and they seek help, the child with diabetes receives world-class care. The child with mental illness is given a sheet of paper and a 12- to 18-month wait.

Lanius earns Banting Award for PTSD research

Lanius earns Banting Award for PTSD research

Psychiatry professor Dr. Ruth Lanius sees hope for the seemingly countless numbers of military personnel and veterans looking to move past their symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

PTSD work looks personalize treatment

PTSD work looks personalize treatment

“Over the years, I was exposed to the kind of death and destruction that can be rather difficult from a psychological standpoint. The older I got, the less I was able to suppress those experiences. I knew I needed to seek help.”

Studies aim to solve agitation with Alzheimer’s

Studies aim to solve agitation with Alzheimer’s

Patients and caregivers suffering from the agitation that often accompanies Alzheimer disease may find much-needed relief from a pair of interventional studies led by a Western researcher.

Homelessness stemmed by transition ‘helping hand’

Homelessness stemmed by transition ‘helping hand’

Tackling homelessness following a hospitalization is possible, but it will take a concerted community effort to lessen the ongoing burden to the health-care system and local emergency shelters, according to the findings of a Western-led study.

Tech brings home insight into mental health

Tech brings home insight into mental health

From tablets and smartphones, to glucose monitors and medicine dispensers, a new Western-led research project anticipates these and other smart technologies will be make a huge difference in the health – and lives – of those dealing with severe mental illness.

Clinician-researcher tapped to lead military, veteran health push

Clinician-researcher tapped to lead military, veteran health push

Don Richardson’s foray into military and veteran mental health coincided with the end of the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s. “One thing about the military is, in general, everyone is healthy. You have to be healthy – healthier than the general Canadian population – to be...

Project helps divert families from homelessness

Project helps divert families from homelessness

A pilot project aimed at keeping families at risk of homelessness off of the streets is showing promising results thanks to diversion efforts that appear to be an effective measure at combatting the issue long-term, according to one Western researcher.

Game study not playing around with PTSD relief

Game study not playing around with PTSD relief

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) patients wrestling with one of its main symptoms may find long-term relief beyond medication thanks to the work of a Western researcher. Psychiatry professor Dr. Ruth Lanius has been utilizing brain-training techniques through...

Grant helps remind men work ends, life doesn’t

The idea of retirement has many men daydreaming of extra time with the grandkids and a few more rounds on the golf course. But for others, retirement can be a time of uncertainty and loss. Older men already have the highest suicide rate in Canada; that risk increases dramatically after retirement.