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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.

June 5, 2015 National bike ride to raise awareness about mental health

Ride Dont HideMany people ride their bike for the enjoyment, competition, and physical challenge, but on June 21, 2015, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) invites Canadians across the country to ride their bike to raise awareness for mental health.

June 5, 2015 Upcoming webinar on recent integration initiatives

Registration is now open for a free webinar profiling recent integration initiatives in the community health sector in Ontario.

June 5, 2015 Reintegration Centre helps former inmates make a new start

The John Howard Society of Toronto presented their new Reintegration Centre recently with an Open House and barbeque event. Officially opened in November, the Centre aims to help individuals who are released from the new Toronto South Detention Centre, located across the street, to better reintegrate back into the community. Toronto South is a male correctional facility that can hold over 1,600 inmates and will release approximately 180 men each week once the facility is at capacity.

June 5, 2015 Toronto police looking for feedback on new body-worn camera project

Police are looking to collect community feedback on the new body-worn camera pilot project, which took to the streets this month. Over the next few weeks, 20,000 surveys will be delivered to randomly chosen homes and businesses, and an online surveyis available for members of the public to share their feedback as well. The survey includes questions about support for officers to wear a camera and in what situations the camera should be turned off. The pilot project will last one year, and will then be evaluated using the community’s comments.

June 5, 2015 New provincial suicide guidelines being developed

The Government of Ontario has asked the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) to develop the new standards for suicide prevention in a hospital setting.  A new OHA task force, chaired by Dr. Ian Dawe, will focus on establishing safe medical practices for at-risk patients by looking at best practices and working with patients and those with lived-experience.

June 5, 2015 HQO releases report on antipsychotic medication use in Ontario long-term care homes

Looking for Balance coverHealth Quality Ontario has launched a new report, titled Looking for Balance.  The report highlights that a major difference across Ontario’s long-term care homes is the percentage of residents who are being prescribed antipsychotic medications.

June 5, 2015 Best practice guidelines for promoting mental health in children and youth

Improving child and youth mental health was highlighted as a provincial priority by the government of Ontario, as described in its mental health strategy, Open Minds, Healthy Minds: Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.

June 5, 2015 Youth-adult partnerships in community mental health promotion

Youth-adult partnerships involve youth and adults working together to improve the systems that affect them. While research on the effects of these partnerships in community mental health promotion is limited, research in other areas demonstrate positive benefits for youth.

June 5, 2015 Howard Sapers, Canada’s prison ombudsman, will not be reappointed

CBC’s The Current recently reported that after 11 years of service as Canada’s Correctional Investigator, Howard Sapers has been told that he will not be reappointed for the role. The CBC made note that this decision comes in advance of a Federal election later this year. Prior Correctional Investigators have held the position for up to 25 years.

June 5, 2015 OPHA call for abstracts

OPHA call for abstractsThe Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) are looking for organizations to share their experiences and evidence at OPHA’S 2015 Fall Forum.  They are interested in policy initiatives, programs, or research related to public health advocacy and leading social change.