Mental Health Notes
Chinese New Year falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice, which this year is on February 19, 2015. On this day the Chinese community will practice the power of positive thinking as they greet each other with well wishes and a cheerful Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Joshua Chauvin, a graduate of the University of Windsor and current Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, has launched a new website – itgetsbrighter.org– to raise awareness about mental health around the globe and to offer hope to those struggling.
The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health is seeking a qualified contractor (or contractors) to lead an environmental scan and review of evidence based and promising practices in developing mental health indicators relevant to campus settings.
Registration is now open for a series of free youth life promotion/suicide prevention forums being hosted across the province by the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. The forums will bring together stakeholders from across sectors and communities, along with young people and families to discuss community-based approaches to life promotion/suicide prevention, risk management and post-vention. Professionals, youth and family members are welcome to attend.
It is well known that players in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) need to be in peak physical condition, but what is less appreciated is the importance of their mental health. OHL players are under a tremendous amount of stress and pressure to succeed and to be the best. So, it’s not surprising that young hockey players, like anyone else in the community, may struggle with their mental health.
The perspective of individuals with lived experience played prominently in the way two CMHA branches informed provincial politicians hosting regional consultations as part of the 2015 budget cycle.
The Working with Children and Youth with Complex Mental Health Needs project is off to a busy start in 2015, having already hosted two webinars and the final regional workshop as well as preparing for the launch of the online course.
Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario was one of more than a dozen stakeholders from across the mental health and justice-related sectors who came together at Queen’s Park on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 to discuss ways to address mental health issues at various levels within the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
Last year, the government set a bold long-term goal to end homelessness in Ontario as part of the Poverty Reduction Strategy. The province has since appointed a new Expert Advisory Panel on Homelessness that will provide practical advice on how to best approach this goal.
Chris Linford, a retired lieutenant-colonel, was deployed to Rwanda in 1994. There in the midst of the genocide, he was deeply impacted by what he saw, leaving him “profoundly altered.” Chris returned home and began experiencing symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He struggled to control his anger, depression and insomnia on his own until he sought help in 2004, 10 years later. Chris’ wife, Kathryn, and his three children were also significantly impacted by his PTSD.