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January 29, 2015 CMHA WWD and Guelph Storm team up for mental health awareness

CMHA WWD Booth at Guelph Storm GameIt is well known that players in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) need to be in peak physical condition, but what is less appreciated is the importance of their mental health. OHL players are under a tremendous amount of stress and pressure to succeed and to be the best. So, it’s not surprising that young hockey players, like anyone else in the community, may struggle with their mental health.

January 29, 2015 Ontario’s budget process informed by personal stories from CMHA clients in Ottawa and Sudbury

The perspective of individuals with lived experience played prominently in the way two CMHA branches informed provincial politicians hosting regional consultations as part of the 2015 budget cycle.

January 29, 2015 MCYS training project update

Working with Children & Youth with Complex Mental Health NeedsThe Working with Children and Youth with Complex Mental Health Needs project is off to a busy start in 2015, having already hosted two webinars and the final regional workshop as well as preparing for the launch of the online course.

January 29, 2015 Mental health and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services – A roundtable discussion

Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario was one of more than a dozen stakeholders from across the mental health and justice-related sectors who came together at Queen’s Park on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 to discuss ways to address mental health issues at various levels within the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

January 29, 2015 Expert Advisory Panel to help end homelessness in Ontario

great minds_expert panelLast year, the government set a bold long-term goal to end homelessness in Ontario as part of the Poverty Reduction Strategy. The province has since appointed a new Expert Advisory Panel on Homelessness that will provide practical advice on how to best approach this goal.

January 29, 2015 For military families dealing with PTSD, program offers healing

COPE logoChris Linford, a retired lieutenant-colonel, was deployed to Rwanda in 1994. There in the midst of the genocide, he was deeply impacted by what he saw, leaving him “profoundly altered.” Chris returned home and began experiencing symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He struggled to control his anger, depression and insomnia on his own until he sought help in 2004, 10 years later. Chris’ wife, Kathryn, and his three children were also significantly impacted by his PTSD.

January 29, 2015 Ontario’s legal community sparking new dialogue on mental health

Opening Remarks Screen ShotWhen Ontario Bar Association (OBA) president, Orlando Da Silva, spoke candidly about his own struggles with mental health, his story struck a chord with many in the profession. Subsequently, the OBA has launched a new initiative called Opening Remarks, aimed at addressing mental health in the legal sector.

January 29, 2015 More funds for student mental health in Ontario

Ontario is supporting 14 projects to address post-secondary students’ access to mental health services. This announcement came just after Premier Kathleen Wynne’s 10-day tour of Ontario colleges and universities, where the main issues raised were preventing sexual violence on campus and improving mental health services for post-secondary students.

January 29, 2015 Mental health services in smaller Northern Ontario communities

OPOP banner logoThe Ontario Psychiatric Outreach Program (OPOP) is funded by the Ontario government’s Underserviced Areas Program to provide clinical services through outreach, distance‐based clinical and support services via telepsychiatry, and educational services to participating communities. It also exposes undergraduate and postgraduate medical students to rural and remote practice settings.

January 29, 2015 National At Home/Chez Soi project helps people find and keep a home

In Canada, the current response to homelessness mostly relies on shelters for emergency housing. But before they are offered housing, individuals who are homeless must first participate in treatment and remain sober for a period of time.

Featured Events

Trauma and People with Intellectual Disabilities: Support Strategies for Healing and Recovery through Trauma-Informed Care. March 24, 2015

Venue: FAMEE FURLANE
7065 Islington Ave
Toronto, ON
Organizer: VITA Community Living Services
www.vitacls.org

Mobilizing Community: Promoting Resiliency, Sustaining Recovery and Restoring Justice. November 16-18, 2015

Venue: Toronto, ON
Organizer: Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC)
www.hsjcc.on.ca

Dr. Gabor Mate': Depression, Anxiety & Addictions From a New Perspective: The Myth of Normal. September 25, 2015

Venue: The Best Western Lamplighter Inn
London, ON
Organizer: Solutions On Site
www.SOSWorkshops.ca

Learning from Failure: Time for Action. March 24, 2015

Venue: MaRS Discovery District
Toronto, ON
Organizer: The Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research.
www.cahspr.ca

Bedazzled Bash. March 4, 2015

Venue: Riviera Parque Banquet and Convention Centre
2800 Hwy 7
Concord, ON
Organizer: Schizophrenia Society of Ontario
www.schizophrenia.on.ca

Peace of Minds Yogathon. February 28, 2015

Venue:
Oakville: St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School, 124 Dorval Drive
Toronto: The Lab, 3rd Floor, 483 Queen St. West
Whitby: Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Services, 700 Gordon St.
Organizer: Schizophrenia Society of Ontario
www.schizophrenia.on.ca

Searching for a Test for Depression: Blood Tests, Brain Scans and Self-Screening. February 24, 2015

Venue: North Bramalea United Church
363 Howden Blvd
Brampton, ON
Organizer: CAN-BIND
www.canbind.ca

Acknowledging Staff Grief When Working with Dementia: It is Vital. February 10, 2015

Venue: ONLINE EVENT
Organizer: brainXchange
www.brainxchange.ca

First Peoples, Second Class Treatment. February 3, 2015

Venue: The Native Canadian Centre
16 Spadina Rd
Toronto, ON
Organizer: Centre for Research on Intercity Health (CRICH)
www.crich.ca

Journey Together: A Person Centered Approach to Empower Change in the Community Mental Health and Addictions Sector. April 26-29, 2015

Venue: Eaton Chelsea Hotel
Toronto ON
Organizer: Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario
www.ontario.cmha.ca