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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 15, 2015 New Mental Health Works website offers updated tools

MHW screenshotIn 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.

October 15, 2015 CMHA Thunder Bay Board Chair Appointed Chair of CMHA Ontario Division Board of Directors

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario Division Board of Directors is pleased to announce that its representative from Thunder Bay, Michael Lewkin, has been appointed Chair of the provincial board for a two-year term beginning immediately.

October 15, 2015 Stats show stark reality of living with mental health or addictions in Ontario

By the Numbers cover pageA new report by the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) reveals the challenging realities faced by people living with mental health or addictions disabilities in Ontario. By the Numbers, released October 5, 2015, uses Statistics Canada data from the 2012 Canadian Survey on Disability to get a better understanding of the population living with mental health and addictions in Ontario.

October 15, 2015 Province to audit large retailers to ensure workplace accessibility

This fall, the Government of Ontario will conduct targeted audits of large retail companies to ensure that workplace and employee practices are accessible.  The goal of the audit is to make sure that companies with more than 500 employees are compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and making accessibility part of recruiting and employee support.

October 15, 2015 Ontario Launches eCampus Online Education Portal

eCampusTo provide Ontario students with greater access and more learning opportunities, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities recently launched the eCampus Online Education Portal. The portal aims to  provide Ontario students with access to the best learning opportunities available, while giving them greater flexibility to control how, when and where they learn.

October 15, 2015 Ontario Seeking Public Input on Closing the Gender Wage Gap

The provincial Gender Wage Gap Steering Committee is hosting a series of town halls in twelve communities across the province to contribute to the development of a wage gap strategy.

October 15, 2015 Communities of interest: Call for expressions of interest

CoI-Flyer-FOR-webEENet is currently seeking applications from communities of interest (CoIs) to enhance their work and improve Ontario’s mental health and addictions system. The application
deadline is November 13, 2015.

October 15, 2015 Learn about knowledge exchange and implementation

Sign up for a workshop: “From ‘Letting It Happen’ to ‘Making It Happen’: The use of knowledge exchange and implementation science tools.”

This workshop will take place on November 18, 2015, from 1:30 to 4:30 pm, as part of the Issues of Substance (IOS) 2015 conference, in Montreal, Quebec. The workshop will be available in English only.

October 15, 2015 StatsCan: Mental health issues impact the whole family

New information released by Statistics Canada (StatsCan) reveals the extent to which family members are affected by mental health issues.  Findings from the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey show that around 11 million Canadians age 15 and older report having one or more family members with a mental health or addictions problem.

October 15, 2015 New public engagement app now available

CFHIThe Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) has launched a mobile app that allows the public to access their popular Patient Engagement Resource Hub on the go. The Patient Engagement Resource Hub is an online collection of tools for engaging and partnering with patients and families to improve health and healthcare.  The Hub is a one-of-a-kind resource developed by CFHI, with more than 100 Canadian and international open-access and freely available resources and tools – including engagement frameworks, toolkits to help implement a variety of engagement methods, guides to evaluation techniques, and patient surveys.