Mental Health Notes
The Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) is accepting applications for the second round of the Evaluation Support Program, which aims to foster the use of evidence to inform how community services are run.
Two international experts in the fields of improvement science and implementation science discussed they use these approaches in their work. Their keynote presentation, made on Oct. 15, was hosted by the Provincial System Support Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
EENet is currently seeking applications from communities of interest to enhance their work and improve Ontario’s mental health and addictions system. The application deadline is Nov. 13.
A new Statistics Canada report finds that immigrant women are more likely than Canadian-born counterparts to hold a university degree, yet often face higher levels of unemployment. In addition, university-educated immigrant women were more likely than Canadian-born women to report working in a job requiring less education.
The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH)/Homelessness Hub has launched the Community Workspace on Homelessness – an interactive space for communities and by communities. This online platform will provide an opportunity for leaders, service providers and policymakers to share information, seek input and guidance from others, as well as have discussions around homelessness.
The Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario and the Right to Housing Coalition in Toronto are inviting people concerned about the lack of housing and rising homelessness to a march followed by an assembly on Nov. 20 to mark National Housing Day.
This election, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is calling on federal parties to commit to sustainable funding of mental health and addiction services and programs for all Canadians. Based on a Nanos poll commissioned by CMHA, 90% of Canadians support a federally funded 10-year Mental Health Transition and Innovation Fund that would improve access to timely, high quality mental health and addiction programs and services in all provinces and territories.
CMHA BC and the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) launched Talk Today, a program to enhance the mental health of young athletes, on Tuesday, Oct. 6.
CMHA Ontario has released its 2014/2015 Annual Report. The report highlights:
- Details from the 2015 CMHA Ontario Division conference
- Provincial policy achievements
- The success of numerous programs and initiatives, including Talk Today, Living Life to the Full for Older Adults, Mood Walks, and more.
In any given week, more than half a million Canadians will be absent from work because they’re struggling with their mental health. Seventy per cent of disability costs are related to mental illness. By the year 2020, depression will rank second only to heart disease as the leading cause of disability worldwide.