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Mental Health Notes


A free biweekly newsletter published by CMHA Ontario, featuring mental health news and events.


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May 7, 2015 2015 CMHA Ontario Conference Highlights

More than 400 CMHA staff and front-line workers from across the province gathered in Toronto last week for the first-ever CMHA Ontario provincial conference.

May 7, 2015 Branch volunteers connect for the Governance Stream Program at the 2015 CMHA Ontario Division Conference

GovernanceOn Sunday, April 26, 2015, CMHA branch Board members gathered for a full day program of governance-related subjects to help them in their leadership role within their respective jurisdictions. There were five presentations in total, spanning a wide range of topics including: legal and fiduciary duties of board members, fundraising, and anticipated implications of the new Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act.

May 7, 2015 CEO of Health Quality Ontario shares ideas on leading with quality

photo-joshua-tepperDr. Joshua Tepper is a family physician and the President and Chief Executive Officer of Health Quality Ontario (HQO). As an arm’s length agency of the provincial government, HQO works in partnership with Ontario’s health care system to support a better experience of care and better outcomes for Ontarians.

May 7, 2015 Clint Malarchuk shares journey to recovery

The Crazy GameFormer NHL goaltender and mental health advocate Clint Malarchuk shared his personal experiences of mental health issues during a keynote address at the CMHA Ontario conference.

May 7, 2015 Steven Page fights stigma with song

Steven Page 1The closing key note address at the 2015 CMHA Ontario Division conference was given by iconic musician and mental wellness advocate, Steven Page. Page is a co-founder of the Barenaked Ladies and is now leading a successful solo career.

May 7, 2015 CMHA Middlesex presents innovative model of supportive housing

CMHA Middlesex Supportive HousingCMHA Middlesex shared an innovative model of supportive housing with conference delegates with a presentation on the genesis, development, goals and outcomes of the Supportive Living Apartments on William Street, London. CMHA Middlesex developed the Supportive Living Apartments model by ‘re-purposing’ funds originally used by a traditional residential program known as Homes for Special Care (a custodial-type housing program with few supports).  Supportive Living Apartments program has an overarching goal of community reintegration, focusing on a person-centred recovery philosophy that encourages independence and self-care for those with long-term mental illnesses.

May 7, 2015 Advancing equity through culturally-competent communication

For many newcomers to Canada, obtaining necessary health and social services can be a daunting task. They may be unaware of available services and how to obtain them. They may also not completely understand their health care provider or be comfortable with the way services are delivered.  New Canadians face a number of barriers including language barriers, economic barriers (i.e. transportation, child care costs, lack of extended health care coverage, and inability to take time off work) as well as systemic barriers (i.e. hours of operation and lack of support from family members). Additionally, many newcomers have experienced a variety of social issues, such as environmental hardship and political persecution.

May 7, 2015 CMHA Waterloo Wellington Dufferin Branch talks about drug treatment courts

Waterloo Region CourthouseStanding ovations and cake are not something we typically expect to see in a courtroom, but for the 15 graduates of the Drug Treatment Court (DTC) in the Waterloo region, this is a rite of passage.

May 7, 2015 CMHA Lambton Kent shares insights on unique partnership program

RAIT modelIndividuals who use mental health services indicate that access and availability are two of the most important elements for engaging in services. During their conference presentation, CMHA Lambton Kent shared an innovative approach to address mental health needs at early onset: the Rapid Assessment Intervention and Treatment (RAIT) Program.

May 7, 2015 Motivational interviewing to promote lifestyle changes

We all benefit from making lifestyle changes that improve our health and well-being. Clinicians, who are deeply invested in client care, often provide advice and suggestions to their clients to facilitate these changes, which range from eating healthier foods to seeking mental health services. Clients, on the other hand, may face a multitude of challenges that prevent them from undertaking a variety of health behaviours. They may not know where to start or how to overcome seemingly insurmountable barriers.