Mental Health Notes
Mental Health Notes will be taking a little break over the summer. Rather than publish every two weeks, the e-newsletter, which is distributed to nearly 3,000 subscribers, will be published once a month in July and August.
We will return to our regular publication schedule in the fall and continue to deliver interesting and informative mental health and addictions-related news, events and announcements.
Election 2014 is over and Queen’s Park is returning to business on July 2, 2014. Premier-Elect Kathleen Wynne has signaled her intention to re-introduce the 2014-2015 Ontario budget, Building Opportunity, Securing Our Future as one of the first orders of business.
Since the release of reports from the Office of Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ontario (IPC), the Canadian Civil Liberties Association(CCLA) and the John Howard Society Ontario(JHSO) on police record checks, others have come forward to share their stories and take up the cause of ending the disclosure of non-conviction records on police background checks.
Resilience is seen as an important element to maintaining child and youth mental health and sustaining wellbeing during transitions. Wide interest has expanded evaluation of interventions and how resilience might be fostered and sustained.
On June 5, 2014, EENet, in partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Health Promotion Resource Centre, presented the first of two webinars looking at the results of the 2013 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS). CAMH’s OSDUHS is the longest ongoing school survey of adolescents in Canada.
What does the average child or youth in Canada want to know about mental health and how do they search for this information online? A synthesis report provides insight from three separate studies funded by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, including a literature review, a qualitative report, and a mixed methods report.
In any given year, one in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness. However, there remains a gap between mental health and public health activities.
Positive life events often lead to a short-term improvement in well-being that eventually subsides. However, researchers have discovered that when people move to greener areas, their mental health improves immediately and the effects don’t subside, but last for years. Additionally, individuals living in greener urban areas show fewer signs of depression and anxiety.
The Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Alliance is a coalition of nine organizations, including CMHA Ontario, from across the continuum of care – from community to hospital services, including consumer and family organizations. The goal of the Alliance is to ensure that mental health and addictions are a priority during the 2014 provincial election campaign.
Mental health-related wait times and emergency department (ED) use were topics that CMHA Ontario addressed during two presentations at Addictions and Mental Health Ontario’s annual conference which took place from May 25-27, 2014.