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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.

October 25, 2016 Mood Walks Summit: Call for Presentations

The 2017 Mood Walks Summit (Toronto, February 25-26, 2017) will be an opportunity for 40+ agencies participating in the Mood Walks for Youth in Transition project to come together and share their experiences. This event will include key learnings from the project, storytelling, and learning opportunities for mental health professionals, program leaders, volunteers, project partners and youth participants. The summit will also be an opportunity to exchange knowledge and explore other areas of mental health, nature, physical activity and youth engagement. We expect 200 attendees from across Ontario!

October 19, 2016 CMHA Ontario pleased mental health on fed’s agenda

CMHA Ontario lauds the efforts of federal health minister Jane Philpott for wanting to put a focus on mental health.

October 14, 2016 Provincial strategy to prevent opioid addiction and overdose announced

Ontario is currently coping with a health crisis related to opioids, specifically fentanyl, a drug that is reported to be 50 to 80 times stronger than morphine.

October 13, 2016 Health Quality Ontario identifies mental health improvement

report-onlyThe latest Health Quality Ontario (HQO) report indicates that providing comprehensive care for people with mental health and addictions remains a work in progress.

October 13, 2016 Help expand a CMHA Food Forest

social-media-graphic-1The unique food forest program of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Grey Bruce Branch is in the running for a national competition, with finalists eligible for up to $100,000.

October 13, 2016 E-QIP offers free quality improvement training

The Excellence through Quality Improvement Project (E-QIP) is offering a free full-day quality improvement training program that will provide participants with an overview and practical applications of quality improvement methods, tools and techniques. The training, based on Health Quality Ontario & University of Toronto’s IDEAS program, has been adapted to relate to community mental health and addictions service providers.

October 11, 2016 Ontario reintroduces Patients First Act

The Ontario government reintroduced a bill designed to improve access and coordination challenges of the provincial health care system.

October 3, 2016 Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 2-8) encourages Canadians to fight stigma

CMHA Ontario invites community members to share the realities of living with mental health issues during Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), the first full week of October.

September 30, 2016 CMHA Ontario conference focuses on measuring our success

More than 200 CMHA staff from across the province gathered in Toronto this week to discuss quality improvement and mental health in Ontario.

September 30, 2016 CMHA Ontario awards recognize media heroes

A radio host dedicated to promoting wellness among his listeners and an organization that has provided pro-bono services to spread news about the positive work of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) have been honoured with this year’s CMHA Ontario media awards.