Mental Health Notes
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.
The 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.
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.
The 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.
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.
To 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
Increased 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.
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.
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.
It didn’t take long for the new Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Centre to make its presence felt in London.