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

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To submit news for Mental Health Notes, send complete details to news@ontario.cmha.ca. 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.

August 14, 2014 Iacobucci releases Toronto police review on encounters with people in crisis

Former Chief Justice Frank Iacobucci has released a review of documents, policies and procedures of the Toronto Police Service and its interactions with people in crisis, offering up 84 recommendations.

August 14, 2014 Local reporter wins CMHA Ontario media award

Heather Rivers, reporter with the Woodstock Sentinel Review has been named the recipient of the 2014 CMHA Ontario Media Award for excellence reporting on mental health and addictions issues at the local level.

August 14, 2014 Webinar now available online: Using Ontario’s Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Tool in Community Mental Health

heia_bannerCMHA Ontario has partnered with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), Health Nexus and CMHA Toronto to offer a training webinar about Using the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Tool in Community Mental Health.  The webinar, originally conducted on July 17, 2014, was recorded and can be viewed for free at any time by using the links below.

August 14, 2014 CMHA blogs for Qualaxia: Finding the Pieces of the Puzzle

Qualaxia-logoIn her latest blog for Qualaxia, a national online network for mental health system stakeholders, CMHA Ontario policy analyst Sheela Subramanian explains how tackling a complex policy issue can be like building a puzzle – one where the first step is to actually find the pieces.

August 14, 2014 Mood Walks program continues to grow

Mood Walks logo. Linked to Mood Walks websiteCMHA Ontario’s Mood Walks program was featured on CBC radio this week as CMHA Elgin staff and program participants spoke to CBC Ontario Morning on the effectiveness of the program in their community. Participants in the program told CBC correspondent Kerry McKee that the nature walks coordinated by the program bring a sense of calm and focus to their day.

August 14, 2014 Addictions and Mental Health Ontario appoints new CEO

AMHO_logoGail Czukar has accepted the position of CEO for Addictions and Mental Health Ontario, an organization of community-governed, not-for-profit agencies that provide a full continuum of services and supports to help individuals in Ontario facing mental health and addiction issues.

August 14, 2014 Mental health needs of war-affected children

The Ontario government has announced that it will undertake a collaborative approach to ensure that provincial hospitals have the capacity to support injured children, whether Palestinian or Israeli, who are victims of the current crisis in the Middle East.

August 14, 2014 New mental health website for Kenora First Nations communities

Minweyaanigoziwin Mapping ProjectA new initiative to increase access to mental health and addiction services for First Nations communities has resulted in increased dialogue between partners and the Minweyaanigoziwin Mapping Project, a new website that links Kenora-area First Nations residents with service providers.

August 14, 2014 Participate in Schizophrenia Society of Ontario survey on antipsychotic medication

SSO LogoDo you or someone you know use antipsychotic medication? If so, the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) would like to hear from you!

August 14, 2014 Toronto mobile crisis intervention team program evaluation final report

Law enforcement agencies frequently receive and respond to calls about crises of emotionally disturbed persons in the community. However, police face an increasing number of difficulties in responding to crisis calls due to challenges such as a perceived lack of training and referral expertise. Toronto’s Mobile Crisis Intervention Team Program was put in place to address some of these challenges.