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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.

December 18, 2014 Ontario’s only psychiatric emergency department doubles its capacity

Visits to CAMH ED 2003-2014The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto has upgraded and renamed its psychiatric emergency department. The Gerald Sheff and Shanitha Kachan Emergency Department (ED) represents the first phase of a project to expand emergency services at the hospital.

December 18, 2014 Infographic looks at Ontario students’ use of opioids

A new infographic is now available that looks at the use of prescription opioid pain relievers among Ontario students according to the 2013 Ontario Student Drug Use & Health Survey (OSDUHS).

December 18, 2014 Value-based partnerships – when to keep it or kick it

On November 14, 2014, EENet hosted a webinar that looked at the key questions you should ask to help you decide whether to keep or end an organizational partnership. This webinar, part of EENet’s “Value-based Partnerships” series, looked at:

  • How to start and complete an expedited audit of existing partnerships;
  • How to assess the value of prospective partnerships.
December 18, 2014 New Mental Health Centre of Excellence for Canadian Military and Veterans announced

CAF imageIn the wake of a critical report from Michael Ferguson, the Auditor General of Canada, the Department of Veterans announced that it will spend $200 million on mental health clinics to address operational stress injuries. However, it was later revealed that the immediate investment is only $19.1 million, with the remainder to be disbursed over the 50-year lifespan of the program.

December 18, 2014 Tips for preventing a “blue Christmas” and New Year

The holidays can be emotionally overwhelming, presenting a dizzying array of pressures and expectations. Individuals who may feel these stressors more acutely include those who have lost loved ones, have low income, lack social supports, employment or housing.

December 18, 2014 Mental health, addictions, and trauma among Aboriginal Women in the North

In Ontario, there is a lack of reliable, evidence-based, recent statistics on violence against Aboriginal women. In Canada, statistics show that Aboriginal women experience significantly higher rates of violence compared to non-Aboriginal women.

December 18, 2014 Dispelling mental health stigma in British schools: Time to Talk Day

Time to talk

Nearly nine out of ten people who experience a mental health issue say they face stigma and discrimination as a result, according to Time to Change, an anti-stigma campaign run by leading mental health charities in England. To address this issue, Time to Change is hosting its second edition of Time to Talk Day on February 5, 2015. The initiative aims to get teachers, students and parents talking about mental health in order to reduce stigma in British schools.

December 18, 2014 Innovative approaches to improve mental health accessibility

Trauma Dog

When asked what the term “accessibility” brings to mind, many people think of wheelchair ramps, wide doors, parking spaces or accessible bathrooms. Yet, for individuals with mental health conditions, accessibility can have a whole different meaning. These individuals face accessibility challenges in many areas of their lives such as education, employment, and housing.

December 4, 2014 CMHA Ontario applauds province’s decision to table legislation on police checks

The Government of Ontario has promised to pursue legislative change to ensure that non-conviction information is not disclosed on police record checks. Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario applauds this decision and looks forward to legislative developments in the New Year.

December 4, 2014 CMHA Oxford shares tips on coping with the winter blues

As winter sets in across the country, some Canadians may notice a significant difference in mood. Known as the “winter blues,” this seasonal shift in mood and energy affects one in five Canadians. The winter blues differs from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, which affects about two percent of the population and is a serious form of depression.