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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.

December 18, 2014 OCAN tool stakeholder focus group

Do you belong to a visible minority? Have you experienced a mental health concern? Have you filled out the Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) tool in the past 6 months?

December 18, 2014 Envisioning the future of Health Links in Ontario

Health Links Conference ImageAccording to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), five percent of patients account for two-thirds of healthcare costs. These are often individuals with multiple, complex conditions. When the hospital, the family doctor, the long-term care home, community organizations and others work as a team, the patient receives better, more coordinated care. This is the vision of the 47 Community Health Links across the province.

December 18, 2014 Auditor general critiques Ontario in areas of the mental health sector

Head shot of Bonnie LysykImprovements to services for people with development disabilities are coming too slowly to help those with the greatest need, according to the 2014 annual report of Ontario’s Auditor General, Bonnie Lysyk. The report also focused on the inadequacy of mental health training for parole and probation officers.

December 18, 2014 Ontario’s only psychiatric emergency department doubles its capacity

Visits to CAMH ED 2003-2014The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto has upgraded and renamed its psychiatric emergency department. The Gerald Sheff and Shanitha Kachan Emergency Department (ED) represents the first phase of a project to expand emergency services at the hospital.

December 18, 2014 Infographic looks at Ontario students’ use of opioids

A new infographic is now available that looks at the use of prescription opioid pain relievers among Ontario students according to the 2013 Ontario Student Drug Use & Health Survey (OSDUHS).

December 18, 2014 Value-based partnerships – when to keep it or kick it

On November 14, 2014, EENet hosted a webinar that looked at the key questions you should ask to help you decide whether to keep or end an organizational partnership. This webinar, part of EENet’s “Value-based Partnerships” series, looked at:

  • How to start and complete an expedited audit of existing partnerships;
  • How to assess the value of prospective partnerships.
December 18, 2014 New Mental Health Centre of Excellence for Canadian Military and Veterans announced

CAF imageIn the wake of a critical report from Michael Ferguson, the Auditor General of Canada, the Department of Veterans announced that it will spend $200 million on mental health clinics to address operational stress injuries. However, it was later revealed that the immediate investment is only $19.1 million, with the remainder to be disbursed over the 50-year lifespan of the program.

December 18, 2014 Tips for preventing a “blue Christmas” and New Year

The holidays can be emotionally overwhelming, presenting a dizzying array of pressures and expectations. Individuals who may feel these stressors more acutely include those who have lost loved ones, have low income, lack social supports, employment or housing.

December 18, 2014 Mental health, addictions, and trauma among Aboriginal Women in the North

In Ontario, there is a lack of reliable, evidence-based, recent statistics on violence against Aboriginal women. In Canada, statistics show that Aboriginal women experience significantly higher rates of violence compared to non-Aboriginal women.

December 18, 2014 Dispelling mental health stigma in British schools: Time to Talk Day

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Nearly nine out of ten people who experience a mental health issue say they face stigma and discrimination as a result, according to Time to Change, an anti-stigma campaign run by leading mental health charities in England. To address this issue, Time to Change is hosting its second edition of Time to Talk Day on February 5, 2015. The initiative aims to get teachers, students and parents talking about mental health in order to reduce stigma in British schools.