Mental Health Notes
The Mayor of Windsor, Eddie Francis, recently proclaimed that May will be recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month across the southwestern Ontario city of about 200,000 people.
In the proclamation, the City of Windsor recognizes that mental health disability is an enormous business and economic issue, costing Canadians billions of dollars annually due to lost productivity.
Canadian junior hockey’s most celebrated tournament, the Memorial Cup, is taking place in London, Ontario and CMHA is there to spread the news about mental health.
The Using Health Equity Impact Assessments in Community Mental Health webinar will be rescheduled for a later date. Unfortunately, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care was not available to present on May 21, 2014. Once the webinar has been rescheduled, registration will reopen. Previously registered and waitlist participants will be given the first chance to register.
The webinar organizers sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.
Questions or concerns may be directed to Sheela Subramanian, Policy Analyst, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario at firstname.lastname@example.org or (416) 977-5580 x4157.
For the second straight year, Healthy Hikes is back to help Ontarians maintain and improve their mental health with a dose of fresh air and green space.
On May 12, 2014, the Provincial Human Service and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) held a webinar titled “Moving the Wheels of Justice: Communication about Mental Health within the Courthouse.” The webinar was presented by Dr. Julian Gojer, a Forensic Psychiatrist on staff at the Toronto Western Hospital. Dr. Gojer also sits on the Ontario Review Board and works at the St. Lawrence Valley Correctional and Treatment Centre in Brockville, Ontario. This is a unique, one of a kind jail in Canada that operates similarly to a psychiatric hospital.
CMHA Ontario is working with Elections Ontario to improve the accessibility of voting for Ontarians with mental health disabilities. We learned that some voters with mental health disabilities face challenges in providing the proof of residence or identity needed to vote. As a result, we have worked with Elections Ontario to extend the Certificate of Identity and Residence program to community health organizations (previously it was largely offered to food banks and shelters).
The Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (OCDPA), formed in 2003 to address the urgent need for integrated action and collaboration on the issue of chronic disease prevention, aims to bring concerns regarding the state of health in Ontario to political party leaders, MPPs and nominated candidates in the leadup to the upcoming election. .
Did you know that there are over 800 neuroscience researchers, 130 brain-related companies, and 100 institutions involved in neuroscience in Ontario? On Wednesday, June 4, the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) will be hosting an introduction to the Neuroscience Asset Map, a dynamic tool that allows users ranging from patients, researchers, companies, and not-for-profit organizations to discover and connect with neuroscience resources across Ontario.
According to the 2013 National College Health Assessment survey of 32 post-secondary institutions in Canada, 38 percent of students reported feeling “so depressed it was difficult to function,” and almost 10 percent had seriously considered suicide. While many postsecondary institutions offer mental health services, very few have comprehensive, overarching mental health strategies.