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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.

September 26, 2016 Growing need for campus mental health services: report

Results from a 2016 survey of more than 25,000 Ontario university and college students indicate anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts have increased on campuses within the last three years.

September 26, 2016 Ontario government’s mandate letters touch on key CMHA Ontario points

The Ontario government’s mandate letters noted mental health and addictions issues significant to CMHA Ontario’s interests of increasing adequate and appropriate accessibility and supports for people with lived experience.

September 23, 2016 Open call for Quality Standard Advisory Committee members to develop quality standards for community based schizophrenia care

desk-group-quality-standardsHealth Quality Ontario has released an open call for volunteers to help form an advisory committee that will set quality standards for care provided to individuals living with schizophrenia within Ontario comminutes.

September 23, 2016 Consultations for developing a dementia strategy for Ontario begin

developing-dementia-strategyOntarians are being invited to share their view on a new dementia strategy following the release of a report by the provincial government.

September 14, 2016 OHL player shares his mental health message

guelph-stormGuelph Storm defenceman Garrett McFadden was in the news after speaking out about the importance of maintaining positive mental health.

September 14, 2016 Share your opinion with CMHA Ontario

Clients, their families, front-line staff and others associated with Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) have a unique opportunity to contribute to the future
direction of CMHA’s Ontario Division.

September 14, 2016 Baycrest supports evaluation of Living Life to the Full for Caregivers 55+

Living Life to the Full BooksCMHA Ontario and the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest have partnered to evaluate the Living Life to the Full for Caregivers 55+ project. This unique venture works to understand the impact of a mental health promotion program currently being delivered in Toronto in partnership with community agencies. The program, Living Life to the Full, is an 8-week course based on the principles of cognitive behaviour therapy. Also known as “12 hours that can change your life”, Living Life to the Full provides groups with skills and knowledge to cope with life’s challenges.

September 14, 2016 Toronto Star voices a desire for national suicide prevention plan

tsstoryThe Toronto Star is calling on a nationwide suicide prevention plan to be implemented as soon as possible.

September 12, 2016 Throne speech short on mental health promises

The Liberal government delivered its speech from the Throne on Sept. 12, after Premier Kathleen Wynne prorogued the Legislature on Sept. 8. The speech was delivered by Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell and focused mainly on the economy, child care and education, electricity rebates and business development. Mention of health care issues focused on primary care investments but did not make any direct mention of mental health initiatives or improvements.

September 9, 2016 World Suicide Prevention Day highlights strategies to prevent loss

suicide prevention strategiesThe Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division joins people with lived experience of a mental health issue, their families, policy makers, advocates, researchers and others who come together every year on Sept. 10 to commemorate World Suicide Prevention Day.