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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 6, 2014 Value-based partnerships – when to keep it or kick it

Partnerships are increasingly becoming a cornerstone of organizational values, strategic priorities, and eligibility for funding and grants. Yet many organizations don’t have a partnership strategy. Leaders continue to invest resources without knowing the exact purpose or the expected returns.

November 6, 2014 Increasing number of Canadians with mental health issues at risk of homelessness: report

A report prepared for the Homelessness Hub on the State of Homelessness in Canada in 2014 shows that over the past decade declining wages, reduced benefit levels including, pensions and social assistance, and a shrinking supply of affordable housing have placed more and more Canadians at risk of homelessness.

November 6, 2014 NHL goalie unmasking mental health issues

Edmonton Oilers’ goalie, Ben Scrivens, along with the Edmonton Oiler’s Community Foundation (EOCF) has launched a new mental health program called Ben’s Netminders.

November 6, 2014 More Canadians using food banks: Food Banks Canada

A new study released this week by Food Banks Canada suggests that the use of food banks has increased across the country in 2014.

November 6, 2014 Mustachioed Canadians raise awareness about male mental health

The beginning of November marked the start of Movember, the month-long fundraising campaign that uses ‘the moustache’ as a catalyst to change the face of men’s health.

November 6, 2014 Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention virtual conference

CASP Conference Screen ShotThe Mental Health Commission of Canada and the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention are trying something new: they are co-hosting the world’s first virtual conference on the topic of suicide prevention, postvention and intervention

October 23, 2014 New CMHA Ontario train-the-trainer initiative to strengthen children's mental health

SCMHWould you or your staff benefit from training to enhance children’s mental health through extra-curricular programs? The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario has partnered with HIGH FIVE, a division of Parks and Recreation Ontario, to update and launch a training opportunity for trainers of children’s supervisors called Strengthening Children’s Mental Health (SCMH).

October 23, 2014 CMHA Ontario welcomes new Mental Health Works Program Manager

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario is pleased to announce that Mark Henick has joined our team as the Mental Health Works Program Manager. Informed by his own experiences with stigma and the mental health care system as an adolescent, Henick has dedicated his life from an early age to opening minds and creating change.

October 23, 2014 CMHA Ontario participates in webinar on equity in child and youth mental health

The Working with Children and Youth with Complex Mental Health Needs: An Integrated Training Project recently hosted the second webinar in its 9-part series. 

October 23, 2014 Ontario's Home and Community Care Expert Group seeks input

Expert Group ScreenshotA government-appointed advisory group examining ways to improve the home and community care sector is looking for input from individuals, caregivers and health service providers.