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Band-aid for the mind: Mental health first aid training

By Katya Hodge December 6, 2016 6 December 2016

Band-aid for the mind: Mental health first aid training

 

If you find yourself choking in public, chances are someone will recognize your health crisis and put their first aid training in action. But suffer a panic attack in public? People will walk right past you, avoiding all contact.

“They just don’t know how to respond,” explained Dr. Raj Bhatla, chief of psychiatry at The Royal Ottawa Hospital, during a PD session at the CBA Legal Conference in August in Ottawa. “And the barrier to action tends to be fear and lack of understanding.”

According to Bhatla, the course helps “build capability and confidence” dealing with someone who might be experiencing a mental health issue. This includes spotting early signs of distress and helping in a crisis situation, like a colleague (or stranger on the street) having a panic attack.

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Advocacy

The CBA supports family reunification as an immigration priority

By Katya Hodge October 27, 2016 27 October 2016

In an appearance before the Commons Citizenship and Immigration Committee on Oct. 27, the CBA’s Immigration Law Section expressed its support for the principle of family reunification as an objective of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. The CBA recognizes the economic, social and cultural benefits of family reunification and agrees that the government should make it a priority.

 

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Health & fitness

Insomnia? There’s an app for that

By Katya Hodge September 27, 2016 27 September 2016

Insomnia? There’s an app for that

 

Not getting enough sleep? Well you’re not alone. One third of the adult population experience insomnia symptoms, and according to studies, women are twice as likely as men to have sleep issues.

There are different types of insomnia: some people have trouble falling asleep, while others have trouble with staying asleep or waking up too early. Whatever the type, sleeplessness can take its toll on your energy, mood, health and ability to function during the day.

Luc Beaudoin, adjunct professor and cognitive sciences expert at Simon Fraser University has created an app, called MySleepButton, to help people get to sleep by using what he calls a “cognitive shuffle.”

 

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Article

Shaping the next generation of lawyers

By Katya Hodge June 27, 2016 27 June 2016

Shaping the next generation of lawyers

National: Lakeahead's first crop of law students graduates this year.  Are they prepared to meet the challenges of the marketplace?

Angelique EagleWoman: By the time our students graduate, they’ve done sentencing submissions in criminal law, they’ve worked through a trial litigation timeline and they’ve drafted a contract. All of these things build their confidence so when they enter the profession they can truly take on legal issues.

Also, they’ve benefited from the required academic placement within their third year. We’re getting really positive feedback from the placements that our law students are able to really hit the ground running.

N: What can other law schools learn from Lakehead’s experience so far?

AE: As the newest law school in Canada, Lakehead responds to a call to make legal education more accessible and a better platform for graduates to actually know how to practise law. We are bringing skills (and) exercises into the classroom and making it core to what the students do and learn.

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Summer issue

A day in the life of Ruth Williams

By Katya Hodge June 23, 2016 23 June 2016

A day in the life of Ruth Williams

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