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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 Eastern Ontario TV stations wins CMHA Media Award

Mental Health MattersTV Cogeco in Cornwall, Ontario is the recipient of this year’s CMHA Ontario provincial media award.

October 1, 2015 Police Record Checks Reform Act takes next step

Police record checks reform legislation took another step towards reality as Bill 113 passed its second reading in the Ontario Legislature on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

October 1, 2015 Ontario needs a provincial alcohol strategy, say leading health organizations

A coalition of leading health organizations is calling on the Ontario government to develop a comprehensive alcohol strategy to address the health harms of alcohol.

October 1, 2015 Former health minister knows value of mental health firsthand

Former national health minister Allan Rock is speaking out about the importance of assisting with mental health issues.

October 1, 2015 Changes to the Mental Health Act proposed in legislature

The Honourable Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care recently introduced Bill 122 for First Reading in the Ontario Legislature.  The Bill, entitled The Mental Health Statute Law Amendment Act, 2015, will, if passed, make technical amendments to the Mental Health Act to provide the Consent and Capacity Board with new powers regarding the criteria and length of time a patient can continue to be held as an involuntary patient in a psychiatric facility.

October 1, 2015 Ontario Developing its First Culture Strategy

Ontario is seeking input from across the province to develop its first culture strategy, which will guide a  vision for arts and culture in Ontario in hopes of building healthier and prosperous communities.  Culture in Ontario can include things like heritage, traditions, and identity, creative arts such music and film, and public spaces including libraries, museums and historical sites.

October 1, 2015 Systematic reviews on mental health and addictions

EENet and Health Evidence™ invite you to an upcoming free webinar on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM (EDT).

October 1, 2015 Improving implementation or implementing improvement?

How do improvement science and implementation science contribute to quality and effectiveness in health care?

October 1, 2015 Attention: Psychiatrists and psychologists interested in early psychosis intervention (EPI)

A message from Chiachen Cheng, Child & Adolescent, Adult Psychiatrist, Medical Director, First Place Clinic & Resource Centre – CMHA Thunder Bay:

October 1, 2015 Try these 7 tips to make a difference during Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month (Oct. 1-31)

mhw_logo_engIn any given week, more than half a million Canadians will be absent from work because they’re struggling with their mental health. Seventy per cent of disability costs are related to mental illness. By the year 2020, depression will rank second only to heart disease as the leading cause of disability worldwide.