Mental Health Notes
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario is pleased to announce the launch of Talk Today, an exciting new partnership with the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
Talk Today, the new mental health and suicide awareness program launched by Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario and the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) has generated significant social media buzz and received national and province-wide media exposure, helping both organizations spread the news about the importance of mental health and elimination of stigma and discrimination.
With the first webinar training as well as the first workshop in Thunder Bay under its belt, the Working with Children and Youth with Complex Mental Health Needs Project is out of the gate.
On Friday October 3, 2014, CMHA Ontario, Mobilizing Minds and mindyourmind teamed up to host a Twitter discussion on alternative treatments for depression to kick off Mental Illness Awareness Week, happening October 5-11, 2014.
The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) is hosting 32 focus groups to inform its project on reforming the Health Care Consent Act and Substitute Decisions Act. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario participated in their most recent focus group to discuss legal capacity, decision-making and guardianship. The LCO is concentrating on the following aspects of this issue:
Mark Henick is Program Manager for Mental Health Works at the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario. He is also a mental health advocate and counselor; helping others conquer stigma and systemic barriers. This year, Henick has been chosen as one of five of Faces of Mental Illness by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH).
Critical responses to violence and policing in mental health were the topics presented by guest speakers Anthony Morgan and Shane Martinez during the Across Boundaries Annual General Meeting in Toronto on September 29, 2014.
People in Ontario’s rural and northern communities have higher self-reported rates of fair or poor mental health, compared to the provincial average. CMHA Ontario is concerned about this disparity and remains committed to working with our local Branches to address the systemic barriers contributing to this inequity. In the past, CMHA Ontario has highlighted key challenges facing these communities and will continue to monitor any developments that focus on addressing mental health issues in northern Ontario.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne publicly released mandate letters to each Cabinet Minister in late September, outlining key priorities in 2014-2015 for their respective ministries. This is the first time that expectations for Ontario provincial cabinet ministers have been made public. CMHA, Ontario is encouraged to see that seven of the mandate letters include improvements for individuals with mental health issues.
The transition from prison to community can be incredibly challenging, which is one reason why almost half of all female prisoners are back behind bars within one year of their release and most have multiple prison terms, mainly for drug-related offenses.