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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.

November 12, 2015 Optimism surrounds affordable housing nationwide

The Wellesley Institute is optimistic that a recent change in federal government could bring more affordable housing in Canada.

November 12, 2015 Diabetes and depression don’t mix

diabetesWith this being World Diabetes Month, it’s important to consider the adverse impacts the illness can have an on older adults’ mental health.

October 29, 2015 More than half of people feeling depressed choose not to get help: study

A new study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health shows that of 2,219 Ontario adults, 40 per cent of respondents were found to be experiencing depressive symptoms. Results from the group, comprising people between 18 and 65 who had been working for more than a year, also show that 52 per cent did not perceive a need for treatment.

October 29, 2015 How to start a Mood Walks group for youth in transition

Mood WalksMood Walks is a province-wide initiative that promotes physical activity in nature, or “green exercise,” as a way to improve both physical and mental health. Led by CMHA Ontario, in partnership with Hike Ontario and Conservation Ontario, Mood Walks provides training and support for community mental health agencies, social service organizations and other community partners to launch educational hiking programs, connect with local resources, find volunteers, and explore nearby trails and green spaces.

October 29, 2015 CMHA branch honoured by Peterborough Chamber of Commerce

  CMHA Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge (CMHA HKPR) has been selected as the recipient of the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award in the Not For Profit Category.

October 29, 2015 CMHA Durham in the running for a prestigious local business award

It’s not often that non-profit organizations are recognized for contributions to the local business scene, but that’s what’s happening east of Toronto as CMHA Durham is up for a prestigious award.

October 29, 2015 Prescription for crisis relief: unique hospital-community partnership helping hundreds

Over the past three years, there has been a change in health care between North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC) and a community partner which has benefited more than 500 people needing crisis help.

October 29, 2015 HSJCC webinar to explore structure changes

The provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) is hosting a free webinar Nov. 10 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

October 29, 2015 Applications open for evaluation support program at Ontario Brain Institute

Ontario Brain Institute.  Converge.  Discover. Deliver.The Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) is accepting applications for the second round of the Evaluation Support Program, which aims to foster the use of evidence to inform how community services are run.

October 29, 2015 Improving Quality, Efficiency, and Effectiveness of Health Interventions

Two international experts in the fields of improvement science and implementation science discussed they use these approaches in their work. Their keynote presentation, made on Oct. 15, was hosted by the Provincial System Support Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.