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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.

October 15, 2015 Mental health an ongoing issue for Syrian refugees

As the number of people fleeing conflict in Syria continues to increase and expand across borders, providing adequate and proper mental health care to refugees in this crisis has become a central issue. With almost four million displaced persons from Syria, the corresponding mental health crisis is not new, as refugees have been experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety since the beginning of the five year old civil war. The importance of addressing this issue, however, is becoming more noticeable as the number of affected people continues to rise and the impact on neighboring populations becomes a global concern.

October 1, 2015 CMHA is calling for increased mental health funding this election

And we need your help! #GETLOUD for increased mental health funding!

Over the last several years, governments at different levels across the country have made investments in mental health and addiction services, supports and programs for their respective communities. And there are examples all across the country of effective programs that promote mental health, prevent mental illness, and provide effective mental health and addiction services.

October 1, 2015 Talk Today looks to make strides in year two

Talk TodayWith the first puck now dropped for the 2015-16 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) season, CMHA Ontario has even more goals for the Talk Today program.

October 1, 2015 Eastern Ontario TV stations wins CMHA Media Award

Mental Health MattersTV Cogeco in Cornwall, Ontario is the recipient of this year’s CMHA Ontario provincial media award.

October 1, 2015 Police Record Checks Reform Act takes next step

Police record checks reform legislation took another step towards reality as Bill 113 passed its second reading in the Ontario Legislature on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

October 1, 2015 Ontario needs a provincial alcohol strategy, say leading health organizations

A coalition of leading health organizations is calling on the Ontario government to develop a comprehensive alcohol strategy to address the health harms of alcohol.

October 1, 2015 Former health minister knows value of mental health firsthand

Former national health minister Allan Rock is speaking out about the importance of assisting with mental health issues.

October 1, 2015 Changes to the Mental Health Act proposed in legislature

The Honourable Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care recently introduced Bill 122 for First Reading in the Ontario Legislature.  The Bill, entitled The Mental Health Statute Law Amendment Act, 2015, will, if passed, make technical amendments to the Mental Health Act to provide the Consent and Capacity Board with new powers regarding the criteria and length of time a patient can continue to be held as an involuntary patient in a psychiatric facility.

October 1, 2015 Ontario Developing its First Culture Strategy

Ontario is seeking input from across the province to develop its first culture strategy, which will guide a  vision for arts and culture in Ontario in hopes of building healthier and prosperous communities.  Culture in Ontario can include things like heritage, traditions, and identity, creative arts such music and film, and public spaces including libraries, museums and historical sites.

October 1, 2015 Systematic reviews on mental health and addictions

EENet and Health Evidence™ invite you to an upcoming free webinar on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM (EDT).