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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.

May 22, 2014 Using mobile technology to serve transitional-aged youth

Studies show that youth text an average of 3,000 times a month and always have their mobile phones on them. In line with this research, LOFT Community Services field staff now use mobile technology to support and be better linked with transitional-aged youth with mental health and/or addiction issues in the downtown Toronto area.

May 22, 2014 New resource available that identifies treatment options for depression

Informed Choices about DepressionMajor depression is one of the most common mental health problems. About one in six Canadians will experience an episode of depression during their lifetime.  To address this issue, there is a new evidence-based resource available that inform individuals about effective treatments for depression. The online resource is called Informed Choices About Depression.

May 22, 2014 New study finds mental illness not usually linked to crime

Jillian Peterson, PhD, conducted a study on 142 offenders with a serious mental illness in the United States who committed 429 crimes. The study looked specifically at three major types of mental illnesses including depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorders and asked participants to provide a criminal history and mental health symptoms for the past 15 years.

May 22, 2014 Improving care for youth with concurrent disorders: A new policy paper

Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health logoThe Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health has launched a new policy paper, Pathways to care for youth with concurrent mental health and substance use disorders.

This paper examines the unique challenges faced by young people experiencing both mental health and addiction issues. It describes current efforts to bridge the gaps in the system and suggests system- and service-level changes that could improve the availability, timeliness, coordination and effectiveness of services across sectors for youth presenting with concurrent disorders.

May 22, 2014 Your chance to influence mental health provincial policies

Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health logoWould you like to see an effective, accessible and coordinated mental health system that makes sense for Ontario children, youth and families? Are you a service provider, leader, researcher, youth or family member who’s ready to put your experience to work at the provincial level? The Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health wants to hear from you!

 

May 8, 2014 Mental Health Week 2014: It’s time to talk about mental health

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More than two dozen staff volunteers from CMHA Ontario and CMHA Toronto hit the streets of downtown Toronto to kick off Mental Health Week (MHW) and encourage people to think about the importance of their mental health

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May 8, 2014 Landmark lit green for Mental Health Week

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People in the Greater Toronto Area have been reminded that it is Mental Health Week (May 5-11) 2014 in a very special way.

May 8, 2014 Mental Health Twitter chat highlights importance of positive mental health

twitterchatOn Wednesday, May 7, 2014, CMHA Ontario and Children’s Mental Health Ontario teamed up to host a Twitter discussion on positive mental health for Mental Health Week.

May 8, 2014 CMHA Ontario CEO promotes Mental Health Week 2014 on CBC Radio

Camille Quenneville, CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario told CBC Radio that Mental Health Week (MHW) 2014 is a prime opportunity for people to lose the stigma and speak about the issue of mental health.

May 8, 2014 CMHA Ontario participates in Dean Mayo Moran’s AODA review

CMHA Ontario was pleased to present a mental health perspective on the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) to Mayo Moran, Dean of the University of Toronto law school, as part of her legislative review of the Act. Moran was appointed in September 2013 to conduct this review of the AODA, and as part of the process, held consultations in London, Toronto, Thunder Bay and Ottawa. CMHA Ontario participated in the Toronto consultation on April 29, 2014.