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Monday, June 13, 2016

Can we immunize our kids against Addiction and Mental illness?

Can we "immunize" our kids against Addiction and Mental illness? 
Vaccination has proven to save lives.   Can we immunize against Addiction and Mental illness?
Nadar asked some excellent questions!!
"...So does anyone have any ideas? With all the apps, websites and blogs, is there any effective answer to the question of countering self-harm that has plagued Humankind forever? Would it be focused family upbringing? Sure. But obviously that leaves out many people who do not have that good fortune...."
Yes indeed, our Health Care Systems is fighting a losing battle --- against whom?
Nader suggest the fight is really against a legion of "self-harm", "addictions" wrought by profit driven corporations.  Except for those with good fortune of having some equivalent of a "focused family upbringing", the rest are helplessly at risk.
If it is knowledge and understanding that is badly needed for those who are less fortunate, why not bring the battle into the classrooms in elementary schools; lets vaccinate the children against addiction and mental illness.
Offer classes and workshops on addiction and mental health (and other aspect of health and life-skills)
Examples for Elementary school: "why do kids bully?", "why do my parents yell at me?", "Why should we be polite and listen?", "What happens to the food we eat?"...
Examples Post-elementary School: "Why do I get nervous", "Why do I get sad", "Why do I get so angry?", "why do some kids hurt themselves?", "What is panic disorder?", "why do I have a headache?", "Why is Math important to me"
Bring the best educators, speakers, artists, entertainers, courses and workshops to the classrooms with online, appropriate medium and MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses).
Train the teachers to be facilitators and allow the students to learn from the best with the best tools and from each other through workshops and role playing.
Finally improve the process by following the real data;  let the kids decide which method is better...Cream rises to the top.
Should such a "immunization" program be implemented?
If so, how?

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Youth suicide highlights a healthcare system in crisis

“If we are to reach real peace in this world… We shall Have to begin with our children.” -- Mahatma Ghandi

Patient-resource is the largely forgotten component of many discussions on healthcare.
The only way to keep up with a forever growing healthcare demand is to grow supply at an equal pace.
Health care must be everyone's business.  A population well informed about healthcare = a healthier population = more efficient health care system.

Let's encourage the use of well developed concept of "online forums", listserv and "MOOC's" as efficient ways to pass on knowledge. Train our health care providers not to be satisfied with only helping one patient at a time but to become health care teachers of teachers.
Let’s expand the health care teaching in primary school to include mental health teaching; such preventative health education should start in the "formative years"; it is a "mental illness vaccine" against mental health illness such as anxiety/depressive disorders, bullying and teenage suicides)
Let’s encourage or expand high school and university co-op programs & internships in health care facilities ( including doctor's offices); students learn about health care, become teacher of more junior students, develop leadership skills and people skills; health care provider gets inexpensive human resources.
Let's encourage students of arts to promote healthcare teachings and healthcare knowledge translation using the medium of their choice.

Perhaps most important of all, let’s encourage business and marketing students to promote the above concepts using modern marketing medium; if the marketing minds can make the drinking of certain beverages seem so sexy why not invite them to sell us on the Power of Healthcare Knowledge - only a motivated populace of learners and teachers of healthcare knowledge will ensure a healthier population and sustainable healthcare system.