Mental Health Notes
On Thursday, May 1, 2014, the Ontario Government will release the 2014-2015 Provincial Budget. CMHA Ontario will be monitoring the Budget process with a special focus on the government’s response to our pre-Budget submission which included a number of specific recommendations in support of mental health and addiction services in Ontario.
The Ontario Human Rights Commission has released its Policy on Preventing Discrimination Because of Gender Identify and Gender Expression. The policy is the culmination of many years of work by many committed individuals and organizations. A major milestone along the way was the 2012 enactment of Toby’s Act, which included “gender identity” and “gender expression” as protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code.
The news of 20-year-old Ontario Hockey League player Terry Trafford’s death rippled across Canada last month, receiving nationwide attention from sports media, The Globe and Mail, and Don Cherry on CBC Hockey Night In Canada’s Coach’s Corner. Now, members of the Toronto community that Trafford grew up in have banded together to host an event in honour of his life.
Women who have alcohol and drug use problems and their children often need a lot of support from different programs and services. And yet it can be difficult to know where to go to find these services. Service providers and organizations can give referrals and information and even help plan services, but only when they are aware of the other agencies and have relationships with them.
When a child has a mental illness, it can be confusing and isolating, not only for the child but for the entire family. Supporting parents is critical.
The Tema Conter Memorial Trust is launching a cross-country tour to raise awareness about the effects of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on Canada’s military and first responders.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has announced it will be releasing its report which will serve as the blueprint for a formal mental health education and training program for police departments across the country.
CMHA Ontario encourages mental health organizations and people living with mental health disabilities to provide feedback on the proposed changes to the Customer Service Standard under the provincial Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). In particular, CMHA Ontario is concerned that proposed changes to the AODA’s Customer Service Standard may pose challenges for people with mental health-related service animals, including emotional support animals.
As part of its continuing efforts to inform government stakeholders, representatives from CMHA Ontario recently held discussions with two government ministries important to its work: Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) and Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS).
New three-year agreements between Ontario’s community mental health and addictions programs and Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) are more reflective of the working realities of mental health service providers. The improvements are thanks to work by CMHA Ontario and Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO).