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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.

July 10, 2015 CMHA launches Enabling Minds mental health accessibility training

enabling minds - screenshot-3-recognizing-barriers-300Enabling Minds is a new resource that provides mental health accessibility training for anyone who works in the field of sports, fitness or recreation. The Enabling Minds Training Module is an interactive 45-minute self-study course that shows how to remove barriers to physical activity programs for people living with mental health disabilities, and how to create a supportive and inclusive environment that promotes positive mental health for everyone.

July 10, 2015 CMHA Ontario housing submission highlights need for long term investment

submission coverProviding housing for individuals with mental health and addiction issues should be a special focus of Ontario’s Long Term Affordable Housing Strategy, states a recent CMHA Ontario submission to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH).

July 10, 2015 Registration Now Open for the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) 2015 Conference

hsjcc bannerThe Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2015 HSJCC Conference! The conference will be held in Toronto from November 16 through to November 18, 2015 at the Marriott Eaton Centre (525 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario).

July 10, 2015 Ministry of Labour Promotes Workplace Health and Safety for Young Workers

Every summer, the Ministry of Labour carries out a worker health and safety blitz during the summer months to ensure all young workers between the ages of 15 to 24 know their rights under workplace health and safety regulations.

July 10, 2015 Ontario Searching for its First Patient Ombudsman

The Government of Ontario is inviting people across the province to share the skills, experience and personality traits they would like to see demonstrated in the province’s first Patient Ombudsman.

July 10, 2015 Suicide Prevention Standards Task Force Begins Work

The Ontario Hospital Association’s (OHA) newly-established Suicide Prevention Standards Task Force has begun its work to develop mandatory suicide prevention standards for hospitals in Ontario.  The OHA was asked by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to develop these new mandatory standards earlier this year.

July 10, 2015 Toronto Approves Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy

TO Prosperity CoverToronto City Council approved the Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy this week, with the vision that Toronto will become a leader in the collective pursuit of justice, fairness and equity by 2035. The Strategy aims for Toronto be renowned as a city where everyone has access to good jobs, adequate income, stable housing, affordable transportation, nutritious food, and supportive services.

July 10, 2015 Mapping the Voyage: The Search for Evidence

Join the next EENet webinar!

In this webinar you’ll learn about the results of EENet’s survey of stakeholder preferences:
• Who is looking for mental health and substance use evidence in Ontario?
• Where are people going to meet their evidence needs?
• What makes evidence sources useful and trustworthy?

July 10, 2015 From the Margins to the Middle: D.I.Y Health Equity Kit Now Available

The D.I.Y. Health Equity Kit is a beginner’s guide for those interested in working toward equity within Ontario’s mental health system and beyond.

July 10, 2015 The footprint of mental health conditions: Healthy brains at work

Research, campaigns, and other activities in Canada have helped raise awareness and knowledge of mental health and mental illness. But it’s not clear whether these efforts have delivered an impact, particularly among working Canadians.