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October 16, 2014 October is Occupational Therapy Month

Occupational therapy (OT) is the art and science of enabling people to perform the occupations that foster health and well-being. Accordingly, OT practice is a core component of an integrated mental health system. This month, the contributions of Occupational Therapists (OTs) across the country are being celebrated.

October 9, 2014 CMHA Ontario and the OHL team-up to promote suicide awareness, mental health of young athletes

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario is pleased to announce the launch of Talk Today, an exciting new partnership with the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).

October 9, 2014 Talk Today announcement makes news

Talk Today, the new mental health and suicide awareness program launched by Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario and the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) has generated significant social media buzz and received national and province-wide media exposure, helping both organizations spread the news about the importance of mental health and elimination of stigma and discrimination.

October 9, 2014 CMHA Ontario’s Working with Children and Youth with Complex Mental Health Needs Project off to a great start

With the first webinar training as well as the first workshop in Thunder Bay under its belt, the Working with Children and Youth with Complex Mental Health Needs Project is out of the gate.

October 9, 2014 CMHA Ontario co-hosts Twitter chat on alternative treatments for depression

On Friday October 3, 2014, CMHA Ontario, Mobilizing Minds and mindyourmind teamed up to host a Twitter discussion on alternative treatments for depression to kick off Mental Illness Awareness Week, happening October 5-11, 2014.

October 9, 2014 CMHA Ontario participates in Law Commission of Ontario focus group

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) is hosting 32 focus groups to inform its project on reforming the Health Care Consent Act and Substitute Decisions Act. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario participated in their most recent focus group to discuss legal capacity, decision-making and guardianship. The LCO is concentrating on the following aspects of this issue:

October 9, 2014 CMHA Ontario’s Mark Henick raising awareness during Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW)

Mark Henick is Program Manager for Mental Health Works at the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario. He is also a mental health advocate and counselor; helping others conquer stigma and systemic barriers. This year, Henick has been chosen as one of five of Faces of Mental Illness by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH).

October 9, 2014 Across Boundaries Annual General Meeting

Critical responses to violence and policing in mental health were the topics presented by guest speakers Anthony Morgan and Shane Martinez during the Across Boundaries Annual General Meeting in Toronto on September 29, 2014.

October 9, 2014 Rural and northern health issues: Challenges and new opportunities

People in Ontario’s rural and northern communities have higher self-reported rates of fair or poor mental health, compared to the provincial average. CMHA Ontario is concerned about this disparity and remains committed to working with our local Branches to address the systemic barriers contributing to this inequity. In the past, CMHA Ontario has highlighted key challenges facing these communities and will continue to monitor any developments that focus on addressing mental health issues in northern Ontario.

October 9, 2014 Mental health included in seven of the mandate letters released by Premier Wynne

Premier WynneOntario Premier Kathleen Wynne publicly released mandate letters to each Cabinet Minister in late September, outlining key priorities in 2014-2015 for their respective ministries. This is the first time that expectations for Ontario provincial cabinet ministers have been made public. CMHA, Ontario is encouraged to see that seven of the mandate letters include improvements for individuals with mental health issues.

Featured Events

2014 Virtual Suicide Prevention Conference. Connecting Canada: Conversations about Community, Collaboration and Hope. November 19-21, 2014

Venue: World Wide Web
Organizer: Mental Health Commission of Canada
www.mentalhealthcommission.ca

2015 International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges. June 22-26, 2015

Venue: The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
Kelowna, BC
Organizer: Interprofessional Continuing Education
www.interprofessional.ubc.ca

Pathways to Resilience III. Beyond Nature vs. Nurture. June 16-19, 2015

Venue: Dalhousie University
Halifax NS, Canada
Organizer: Resilience Research Centre
www.resilienceresearch.org

Grounding Trauma 2015. Trauma, Youth and Young Families, Research, Prevention and Intervention. May 6-7, 2015

Venue: Alliston ON
Organizer: CAST Canada
www.cast-canada.ca

22nd Annual Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival. November 10-15, 2014

Venue: TIFF Bell Lightbox
350 King St W, Toronto, ON
Organizer: Workman Arts
www.rendezvouswithmadness.com

Hackathought: A Hack for Mental Health. November 7-9, 2014

Venue: Ontario

WRAP Facilitator Training at MDAO. Five days from November 10-14, 2014

Venue: Mood Disorders Association of Ontario
36 Eglinton Ave W
Suite 602
Toronto, ON
www.mooddisorders.ca

WRAP for Families. An 8 session, weekly group program beginning Monday October 20, 2014

Venue: Mood Disorders Association of Ontario
36 Eglinton Ave W, Suite 602
Toronto, ON
www.mooddisorders.ca

CMHO Annual Conference: Getting it Right for Kids and Families. November 23-25, 2014

November 24th and 25th, 2014 (pre-conference November 23rd)
Marriott Eaton Centre Hotel, Toronto, Ontario

Conference - register - squareGetting it Right for Kids and Families is Children’s Mental Health Ontario’s 42nd annual child & youth mental health conference. The conference is being held at the Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel in Toronto.

Conflict Resolution Skills. December 9, 2014, Ottawa; and December 11, 2014, Mississauga

December 9, 2014, Ottawa; and December 11, 2014, Mississauga
Venue: Ottawa and Mississauga
Organizer: Achieve Training Centre
www.achievecentre.com