Daily Media Digest February 28, 2024

Newcomers to Canada report significantly higher levels of anxiety and depression, study finds
The Globe and Mail
“The report, released Monday by Mental Health Research Canada, found that up to 20 per cent of newcomers reported high levels of depression; the figure is 14 per cent for non-newcomers.”
KEYWORDS: health equity, mental health, Mental Health Research Canada

Patients Deserve Faster Access to Innovative New Medicines
Health Insight
“Long wait times for new medicines in Canada, averaging two years, hinder patient access and limit life sciences investments …”
KEYWORDS: patient perspective, rare diseases, Innovative Medicines Canada

Making pharmacies a stigma-free zone
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
“As someone who is prescribed opioid-based medications to deal with a lifetime of chronic pain due to a genetic condition, Kylie Payne has made going to the pharmacy a part …”
KEYWORDS: patient perspective, pain management, pharmacy, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

First-of-its-kind study quantifies the impact urban and architectural design features have on adolescent mental health
University of Waterloo
“While the findings may not be surprising to most people, what’s significant is that for the first time, we’re able to specifically say this is how much anxiety is reduced when kids are by a park as opposed to by a city centre …”
KEYWORDS: mental health, University of Waterloo

ALS Canada and Brain Canada invest in future leader of ALS research with 2023 Career Transition Award
HRI Portal
“This award aims to develop the next generation of scientists across various disciplines within basic and clinical sciences, advance knowledge generation and translation in ALS research, and support …”
KEYWORDS: Canadian research, funding, ALS Canada, Brain Canada, Université Laval