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Stories from the front line and behind the scenes about changes we’ve made to improve the quality of our care.

Rachael Frankford leads a meditation session.

Making sense of mental health through mindfulness

For their first mindfulness exercise, participants of the Mindful Awareness Stabilization Training, or MAST program, practice eating a raisin.

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Cheryl Proc, team leader, FOCUS team.

Q&A with Cheryl Proc

Cheryl Proc is a team leader within the FOCUS team at the Sumac Creek Health Centre. She has worked at St. Michael’s Hospital for 13 years.

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“Housing First” approach can reduce alcohol-related problems among homeless people with mental illness, study finds

“Housing First” approach can reduce alcohol-related problems among homeless people with mental illness, study finds

A “Housing First” approach, where homeless people with mental illness are provided with a place to live without preconditions such as sobriety or seeing a psychiatrist, coupled with intensive case management, helps to reduce alcohol-related problems, a new study has found. 

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Resident wellness top of mind at St. Michael’s

Resident wellness top of mind at St. Michael’s

Finding a work-life balance can be challenging. Juggling the demands of family, personal activities and work can be overwhelming. 

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Homeless people with mental illness have more stable housing when given rent supplement and case management support

Homeless people with mental illness have more stable housing when given rent supplement and case management support

It sounds simple, but it appears to be working: Give homeless people financial help to find free-market rental accommodation in the community as well as mental health support services, and the success rate in ending their homelessness is far higher than with current approaches. 

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What’s good for the heart is good for the brain

What’s good for the heart is good for the brain

Maggie Atkinson, a lawyer and long-time HIV survivor, was shocked to realize that her father had better brain function at age 80 than she did at 45.

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Study finds majority of homeless adults with mental illness have high rates of cognitive deficits

Study finds majority of homeless adults with mental illness have high rates of cognitive deficits

Nearly three-quarters of homeless adults with mental illness in Canada show evidence of cognitive deficits, such as difficulties with problem solving, learning and memory, new research has found.

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Before 11 a.m. discharge: These units know what time it is

TIFF program provides creative outlet for mental health inpatients

The Toronto International Film Festival and St. Michael’s Hospital are bringing the outside world into an inpatient unit one film at a time.

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Men and women use mental health services differently

Men and women use mental health services differently

Women with chronic physical illnesses are more likely to use mental health services than men with similar illnesses; they also seek out mental health services six months earlier than those same men, according to new study from St. Michael’s Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES).

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Aging with HIV and AIDS: A growing social issue

Aging with HIV and AIDS: A growing social issue

As the first people with HIV grow old, a new study from St. Michael’s Hospital questions whether the health care system and other government policies are prepared to meet their complex medical and social needs.

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More help for individuals experiencing mental health crises in Toronto

More help for individuals experiencing mental health crises in Toronto

Fourteen years ago, Toronto Police Service and St. Michael’s Hospital launched the first Mobile Crisis Intervention Team in the city. 

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St. Michael's sets quality improvement priorities for 2015-16

New program successful in reducing service and substance use among frequent health care users

A program co-led by St. Michael’s Hospital could be the next widely used model to treat patients who are frequent users of the health care system and have severe addictions, often complicated by homelessness and mental health problems.

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