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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.

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.

July 10, 2015 Therapy dogs to provide mental health support for athletes at Pan Am games

Therapy dog -For the first time in Pan Am games history, mental health support for athletes will include visits from 125 special dogs.

June 19, 2015 Results from Living Life to the Full Project now available

Just in time for Ontario Seniors Month, June marks the official release of the results of an exciting pilot project aimed at enhancing mental well-being among older adults in Ontario. Implemented from January 2014 to March 2015, the Living Life to the Full for Older Adults pilot project was run in partnership with CMHA BC, the Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario (OACAO), York Institute for Health Research, and Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest.

June 19, 2015 CMHA Ontario presents at the Waypoint Knowledge Translation conference

The Waypoint Research Institute hosted its third Annual Knowledge Translation in Mental Health and Addictions Conference this week, and CMHA Ontario shared two presentations at the conference.

June 19, 2015 CMHA Durham receives award of excellence

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Durham branch recently received an award of excellence for their work on improving access to health services for French speaking residents of Durham.  Presented by the Entité4, the award recognized CMHA Durham for their contribution to the development of French-language health services in the community. Entité4 is an organization which works closely with three Local Health Integration Networks to support organizations who want to improve their active offer of French language services.