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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.

April 10, 2014 Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO) proposes government plan for investment in supportive housing

AMHO_logonew report from Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO) calls on the Ontario government to adopt a seven-year plan of investment in supportive housing as the most cost-effective way to help people recovering from mental health and addictions challenges.

April 10, 2014 Study examines links between homeless and vulnerably-housed individuals and traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can result from vehicle accidents, firearms, falls and other causes. TBIs include things like concussions and are about seven times more common among homeless people than the general population.

April 10, 2014 How city design impacts mental health
Image courtesy of Spacing

Image courtesy of Spacing

A recent article in Spacing magazine titled, “Designing Cities that Positively Impact Mental Health” describes how the urban landscape affects our well-being. The article promotes mixed-use communities: communities where public facilities, such as schools, workplaces, grocery stores, etc., are located close together. These communities enable residents to easily walk, bike or bus to get to and from different places.

April 10, 2014 Gaming for Change

Healthy Minds Canada (HMC) has developed a prototype for a fun, scenario-based app about bullying, designed to improve (and measure) empathy while teaching coping and preventative skills.

April 10, 2014 Youth with lived experience contribute expertise

As part of Ontario’s Systems Improvement through Service Collaboratives (SISC) initiative, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) partnered with the provincial youth mental health program mindyourmind to support the work of the London Service Collaborative.

April 10, 2014 Helping children, youth and their families

When children and youth access services from more than one organization, the various organizations often need to exchange information to coordinate services effectively. To do this in a way that complies with the different legal specifications on the sharing of information, consent needs to be obtained. An integrated care model of consent allows service providers to share client information and work together in a coordinated manner.

April 10, 2014 Major “Housing First” report released

National At Home/Chez Soi Final Report report On April 8, 2014, the Mental Health Commission of Canada released a report documenting the final results of the At Home/Chez Soi research demonstration project, which examined “Housing First (HF)” as a means of ending homelessness for people living with mental illness in Canada.

April 10, 2014 Calling all creative youth! Reach others and improve mental health policies through artistic expression

Do you know a young person who has demonstrated resiliency or is familiar with the Canadian mental health landscape and enjoys drawing, painting, photography or writing short stories and poetry? If so, encourage them to consider a leadership opportunity so that they might reach other young people and improve youth mental health policy in Canada.

April 10, 2014 Mental health issues among military veterans: tragedy at Fort Hood

The tragic shooting at Ford Hood, Texas highlights the prevalence of mental health issues amongst military veterans and the need for a comprehensive, integrated and evidence-informed mental health strategy for members of the armed forces.

March 27, 2014 CMHA Ontario CEO weighs in on patients’ treatment in hospital

Several individuals experiencing mental health issues had no choice but to sleep on the floor at a London, Ontario hospital while patients with physical illness were admitted into rooms with beds before them, according to an article in the London Free Press.