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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.

April 10, 2014 Youth with lived experience contribute expertise

As part of Ontario’s Systems Improvement through Service Collaboratives (SISC) initiative, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) partnered with the provincial youth mental health program mindyourmind to support the work of the London Service Collaborative.

April 10, 2014 Helping children, youth and their families

When children and youth access services from more than one organization, the various organizations often need to exchange information to coordinate services effectively. To do this in a way that complies with the different legal specifications on the sharing of information, consent needs to be obtained. An integrated care model of consent allows service providers to share client information and work together in a coordinated manner.

April 10, 2014 Major “Housing First” report released

National At Home/Chez Soi Final Report report On April 8, 2014, the Mental Health Commission of Canada released a report documenting the final results of the At Home/Chez Soi research demonstration project, which examined “Housing First (HF)” as a means of ending homelessness for people living with mental illness in Canada.

April 10, 2014 Calling all creative youth! Reach others and improve mental health policies through artistic expression

Do you know a young person who has demonstrated resiliency or is familiar with the Canadian mental health landscape and enjoys drawing, painting, photography or writing short stories and poetry? If so, encourage them to consider a leadership opportunity so that they might reach other young people and improve youth mental health policy in Canada.

April 10, 2014 Mental health issues among military veterans: tragedy at Fort Hood

The tragic shooting at Ford Hood, Texas highlights the prevalence of mental health issues amongst military veterans and the need for a comprehensive, integrated and evidence-informed mental health strategy for members of the armed forces.

March 27, 2014 CMHA Ontario CEO weighs in on patients’ treatment in hospital

Several individuals experiencing mental health issues had no choice but to sleep on the floor at a London, Ontario hospital while patients with physical illness were admitted into rooms with beds before them, according to an article in the London Free Press.

March 27, 2014 Mark your calendars! Mental Health Week is almost here!

Every year, CMHA hosts Mental Health Week, an initiative that offers people practical ways to maintain and improve their mental health and support their recovery from mental illness. This year’s Mental Health Week will be held from May 5-11, with a special focus on increasing awareness of women’s mental health by providing information, tips and resources to address women’s mental health issues.

March 27, 2014 Centre for Innovation presents new campus mental health website

Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health Logo. Linked to website. The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH) unveiled its new website this week, which is designed to help campus mental health practitioners in Ontario to support the needs and promote the mental health of college and university students.

March 27, 2014 New initiative helps support student athletes and mental health

Image of SAMHI logoThrough their own experiences, two female athletes in Ottawa recognized the need to provide mental health services to student athletes. Subsequently, Samantha DeLenardo and Krista Van Slingerland launched the Student Athlete Mental Health Initiative (SAMHI) on Twitter and Facebook. The aims of the initiative are to connect student athletes with local counseling services and resources as well as advocate for student athletes’ mental health.

March 27, 2014 Training, and products, and videos, oh my!

Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health logoThe Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health, which works with provincial child and youth mental health agencies to enhance front-line service delivery, is pleased to announce three new online resources. The new tools are designed to help people, agencies and systems use evidence to strengthen care.