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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.

February 11, 2016 Sudbury police officer assists individual in crisis

A Sudbury police officer recognized a woman was having a mental health crisis and de-escalated the situation using CMHA-approved techniques.

January 28, 2016 Our new look

Welcome to the new and improved Mental Health Notes. We’ve decided to freshen up the look and format of our biweekly newsletter and we hope you enjoy it.

January 28, 2016 Bell Let’s Talk gets people talking

Bell Lets TalkThe latest edition of Bell Let’s Talk took over the Twitterverse and airwaves on Jan. 27, and the one-day stigma-busting campaign didn’t disappoint. CMHA Ontario did its part join the discussion as well.

January 28, 2016 CMHA working to bolster mental health supports for Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees arriving in Canada are at substantially higher risk than the general population for poor mental health due to their exposure to trauma, torture and violence. That’s why the Canadian Mental Health Association has introduced a number of initiatives to help ensure that refugees receive the mental health support they need.

January 28, 2016 Reforming Ontario’s Laws on Legal Capacity and Decision-making

LCOlogoThe Law Commission of Ontario, Ontario’s independent law reform agency, is seeking feedback on its draft recommendations on reforming Ontario law, policy and practice related to legal capacity, decision-making and guardianship.

January 27, 2016 Improvements must be made with approaching someone in crisis

In the wake of the attempted murder conviction of Toronto police Const. James Forcillo, CMHA Ontario continues its call to improve police interactions with people experiencing a crisis.

January 14, 2016 Webinar Series: Enhancing our capacity to support refugees

Tkeyboard-supporto support the community mental health sector in responding to the needs of Syrian and other refugee populations, CMHA Ontario has developed four free webinars.

Anyone working in Ontario’s community mental health sector is welcome and encouraged to participate.  Each webinar is designed to provide people and organizations in our community mental health sector with information, tools and resources that can inform our work with margin
alized populations.

January 14, 2016 CMHA Ontario’s requests more resources from Minister of Finance

CMHA Ontario Pre Budget Submission 2016 coverIncreased funding for community mental health and addictions services, more resources to help data collection and quality improvement in the sector, and an increase in supportive housing stock were the CMHA Ontario’s key asks in this year’s provincial pre-budget submission.

January 14, 2016 CMHA speaks out against stigmatizing t-shirts

CMHA Ontario and mental health advocates across Canada spoke up against a selection of T-shirts being sold on Amazon which made light of suicide.

January 14, 2016 CMHA Ontario asks Ontario to enhance accessibility for people with mental health disabilities

In December, CMHA Ontario called on the Government of Ontario to enhance accessibility for people with mental health disabilities as it makes changes to the Customer Service Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).  Specifically, CMHA Ontario calls for these enhancements to provisions related to service animals, support persons and training:

  • Add social workers to the list of regulated professionals that can provide service animal documentation to people with disabilities
  • Remove the Customer Service Standard provisions which enable organizations to require people with disabilities to be accompanied with support persons for health and safety reasons
  • Require organizations to provide training on the Ontario Human Rights Code as well as the AODA.