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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.

March 16, 2017 Call for Abstracts on nutrition and mental health

The Nutrition Resource Centre (NRC), CMHA Ontario and other partners invite you to submit an abstract for presentation at the 2017 conference Should We Mind? Why Nutrition Matters for Mental Health, taking place November 9, 2017 in Toronto.

March 10, 2017 New federal funding may help remedy historical deficits in mental health

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario is pleased that the federal government and the Government of Ontario have reached a health funding agreement, which includes new targeted funding over 10 years for investments in mental health care.

March 10, 2017 Ontario aims to help more people with their housing needs

The province has announced funding to help 6,000 families in need to remain permanently housed.


March 2, 2017 Mood Walks Summit engages people about nature and exercise

Rattray Marsh BridgeMore than 70 people attended the Mood Walks Summit to discuss key outcomes from the project and explore new ideas around diversity and inclusion, youth engagement, and campus mental health.

February 24, 2017 Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care hosting webinar on progress of implementing Patients First

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will host a webinar on the implementation progress of Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care on Feb. 27. The session will be hosted by Dr. Bob Bell, Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and Nancy Naylor, Associate Deputy Minister, Delivery and Implementation. A question-and-answer session follows.

January 26, 2017 CMHA Ottawa housing program making a difference

As a proponent of a “housing first” approach, CMHA Ottawa has a long history of providing support to help chronically homeless people find a safe place to live in order to aid in their recovery of mental health issues.

January 26, 2017 New carding regulations in effect in Ontario

New police street checks regulations in Ontario have increased restrictions on when officers can ask for identification from those they are questioning.

January 5, 2017 Leveraging the OCAN for quality improvement; an E-QIP webinar

Registration is now open for the Excellence through Quality Improvement Project’s (E-QIP) next webinar, Using the OCAN for Improvement. The webinar will take place on January 25, 2017 from 12 to 1:15 pm and is intended for community mental health and addictions staff and volunteers interested in quality improvement.

December 8, 2016 CMHA Ontario provides mental health perspective on basic income pilot

CMHA Ontario is pleased the provincial government is examining the feasibility of the Basic Income Pilot Project, but believes mental health and addictions sector must be a key contributor in the discussion.

December 8, 2016 Ontario passes Patients First legislation to transform the province's health care system

The provincial government passed legislation aimed at improving access to and coordination of health services for Ontarians on Dec. 7.