Promoting Mental Health
Parents for Children’s Mental Health (PCMH) is currently accepting applications for a treasurer to join its board of directors.
CMHA Ontario and Children’s Mental Health Ontario are teaming up to host a twitter discussion about mental health starting at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.
For its inaugural FUTURES Conference, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) will be presenting a pre-conference day on May 2, 2011 devoted to increasing awareness of child and youth mental health issues. Dr. Ian Manion will be the keynote speaker on school mental health. There will also be a myriad of seminars on mental health issues relating to students, schools, and children and youth of diverse backgrounds. The day will round out with a panel of experts.
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), BC Division recently released its final report on the pilot project “Living Life to the Full,” an evidence-based mental health promotion initiative designed to help people deal with everyday life challenges. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) concepts and techniques are at the core of the eight-session, 12-hour course that ran from April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011. Funding came from the BC Ministry of Health Services through the “Bounce Back: Reclaim Your Health” program at the CMHA, BC Division.
The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario (MDAO) is delighted to announce that it is part of the celebration on Opening Night of the hit Broadway show “Next to Normal.” The Tony and Pulitzer Award winning show is coming to the Four Seasons Centre Toronto, beginning July 19, 2011 and a portion of ticket sales for the big night will be donated to the MDAO for their peer support and recovery programmes for people living with depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder.
Both a research study and a play, “That’s Just Crazy Talk” is premiering July 28, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in Toronto at The Great Hall. This is a thoughtful and funny stage-play about one woman’s lived experience with bipolar disorder. Acclaimed actress, playwright, and mental health educator, Victoria Maxwell wrote and performs in this theatrical-based study which explores the impact of a one-woman play on mental health issues.
Both a research study and a play, “That’s Just Crazy Talk” is coming back to Toronto for an encore performance on November 12, 2011 at the Michael Young Theatre. A thoughtful and funny stage-play about one woman’s lived experience, “That’s Just Crazy Talk” is written and performed by acclaimed actress, playwright, and mental health educator, Victoria Maxwell.
The Canadian Rural Health Research Society (CRHRS) 11th annual conference is being held in Lévis, Quebec on October 25 to 27, 2012. The title of the conference is “Rural and Remote Health Research: Creative Approaches.” The conference themes are Patient Advocacy, Innovation in Rural Health Research, Physical and Work Environments, First Nations, Metís, and Inuit Health, Rural and Remote Health Services Delivery, Health Professionals in Rural Locations, Knowledge Translation Strategies, Environmental and Social Impacts on Rural and Remote Health, Vulnerable Populations (e.g. Rural Senior’s and Children’s Health), Food Security, and Rural Communities and Health.
It’s been a season of growth for EENet; beginning this fall, the network is supporting 14 Communities of Interest (CoIs) in Ontario—including one involving CMHA Ontario!
EENet envisions a Community of Interest (CoI) as a forum for knowledge exchange and collaborative knowledge creation, on a topic related to mental health and addictions. In a CoI, diverse stakeholders who share a common interest aim to exchange evidence, obtain answers to problems, and/or improve their understanding of a subject. This collaborative work takes place through different knowledge exchange activities and forums.
Twice as many Ontario students (24 percent) are seeking mental health care than in 1999, according to the 2009 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS). The purpose of the survey is to identify trends among Ontario students (grades seven to 12) related to drug use, mental health, physical activity and risk behavior, and to identify risk and protective factors. The survey has been conducted every two years since 1977 and is anonymous and self-administered.