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Mental Health Notes

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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 1, 2015 Mental health funding in Canada is getting another boost from Bell Let’s Talk

logo_letstalk_enBell announced Monday that its national mental health initiative is being extended for another five years, upping financial support to $100 million by the end of 2020.

October 1, 2015 Alberta losing addiction and mental health chief

The government of Alberta is not renewing the contract for the province’s chief addiction and mental health officer, the Edmonton Journal reports.

October 1, 2015 Registration is open for national conference on ending homelessness

CAEH15_logo_mThe Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness is pleased to present its Third National Conference on Ending Homelessness, November 2-4, 2015 at the Hôtel Bonaventure Montréal.

September 17, 2015 CMHA Ontario welcomes decision to defer Employment Related Benefit

For FBCanadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario welcomed the recent announcement by the Ministry of Community and Social Services to defer implementation of the Employment Related Benefit until further consultation with recipients and stakeholders.

September 17, 2015 CMHA speaks out on responsible reporting of suicide

sentinel_reviewA new series by the Woodstock Sentinel Review examines the role that the media plays in the stigma surrounding suicide and mental health issues.

September 17, 2015 CMHA Sudbury mental health services now available in the evening

The Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) Sudbury/Manitoulin branch has extended its hours into the evening as part of a pilot project.

September 17, 2015 Council for People with Disabilities calls for change

A new report by the Partnership Council on Employment Opportunities urges the Ontario government to eliminate policy barriers and allow more people with disabilities to permanently enter the workforce.

September 17, 2015 Ontario announces new and improved supports for post-secondary students

As many post-secondary youth embark on a new school year, Ontario has announced a number of new programs and improvements to help students with the costs of their education and career goals.

September 17, 2015 New report calls for decriminalizing mental health in Ontario

Unlocking-Change-Draft_Page_01-190x300A new report by the John Howard Society of Ontario (JHSO) calls for increased funding in provincial support systems to decrease the percentage of people with mental health issues in correctional facilities.

September 17, 2015 New bundled care teams receive funding

Ontario recently announced a new approach aimed to help people transition more smoothly out of hospital and into their homes. Six communities across the province will be part of a new bundled care approach to healthcare, which will provide a single payment to a team of health providers to cover care for people in hospital and at home.