Mental Health Notes
CMHA Ontario and CMHA branches participated in the 2015 Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee Conference, Mobilizing Community: Promoting Resiliency, Sustaining Recovery and Resorting Justice, held in Toronto from Nov. 16 to 18. The conference was attended by more than 400 individuals from across multiple sectors including community mental health and addictions, developmental disabilities, police services, corrections, courts, legal clinics and five Ministries.
The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) is working to change its protocols when it comes to people with mental illnesses entering the criminal justice system. That’s the message Minister Yasir Naqvi shared at the Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) conference last week.
CMHA Ontario invites you to join us in supporting mental health as we participate in GivingTuesday on Dec. 1.
Do you work with young people who are at risk of, or experiencing, mental health disabilities? Physical activity and exposure to the natural environment in parks, conservation areas and urban green spaces is good for both physical and mental wellness. Mood Walks for Youth in Transition is a capacity-building project to help mental health agencies, social service providers and other organizations reduce barriers and create new opportunities for youth (ages 13 to 24) to get outdoors and be physically active.
The CMHA Ontario project Minding Our Bodies: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for Mental Health was the focus of a study examining the instrumental use of internal evaluation findings by community mental health organizations, recently published in the journal Evaluation and Program Planning.
Join CHMA Ontario and our many partners on Dec. 3 to celebrate the launch of Enabling Minds, a free e-learning resource for physical activity organizations designed to help directors, managers and frontline staff offer more inclusive and accessible customer service for people with mental health disabilities.
The new Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital will open on Dec. 13 and is expected to provide expanded health care services and an improved patient experience.
The City of Toronto unveiled a new program on Nov. 19 designed to spearhead affordable rental and ownership housing construction.
To mark National Housing Day on Nov. 22, the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO), which represents Registered Nurses (RNs), Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and nursing students is encouraging Ontarians to submit an online petition calling on the Prime Minister of Canada and the Premier of Ontario to make more investments in affordable housing. RNAO says the recent steps Ontario has taken to define homelessness and set a target to end it within 10 years are welcome. However, need is outpacing resources, which is why nurses are calling for dedicated investment.