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Mental Health Notes


A free biweekly newsletter published by CMHA Ontario, featuring mental health news and events.


To submit news for Mental Health Notes, send complete details to Submissions may be edited for publication. All submissions are subject to approval, and CMHA Ontario reserves the right to refuse any submission at its sole discretion.

November 26, 2015 Ministry aiming for more holistic approach when dealing with offenders

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.

November 26, 2015 Support mental health for GivingTuesday

CMHA Ontario invites you to join us in supporting mental health as we participate in GivingTuesday on Dec. 1.

November 26, 2015 Call for expressions of interest to host a Mood Walks group for youth

Mood Walks logo. Linked to Mood Walks websiteDo 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.

November 26, 2015 What influences the use of program evaluation findings in community mental health?

Evaluation and program planningThe 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.


November 26, 2015 Reminder: Register now for #A Better Serve

Enabling MindsJoin 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.

November 26, 2015 Sarnia launches initiative to hire more people with disabilities

Sarnia ToolkitThe City of Sarnia has created a toolkit to make it easier to city staff to hire people with disabilities.

November 26, 2015 New Hospital Opening in Oakville

OTMH-BuildingThe new Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital will open on Dec. 13 and is expected to provide expanded health care services and an improved patient experience.

November 26, 2015 Fast-tracking Affordable Housing in the City of Toronto

The City of Toronto unveiled a new program on Nov. 19 designed to spearhead affordable rental and ownership housing construction.

November 26, 2015 Making Investments in Affordable Housing

CALL_FOR-logo-blackTo 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.

November 26, 2015 Video showcases success of Durham collaborative planning process

The Durham Collaborative Planning Process helps local children, youth, and families who are not receiving the services they need.