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Mental Health Notes


A free biweekly newsletter published by CMHA Ontario, featuring mental health news and events.


To submit news for Mental Health Notes, send complete details to 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.

October 15, 2015 New public engagement app now available

CFHIThe Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) has launched a mobile app that allows the public to access their popular Patient Engagement Resource Hub on the go. The Patient Engagement Resource Hub is an online collection of tools for engaging and partnering with patients and families to improve health and healthcare.  The Hub is a one-of-a-kind resource developed by CFHI, with more than 100 Canadian and international open-access and freely available resources and tools – including engagement frameworks, toolkits to help implement a variety of engagement methods, guides to evaluation techniques, and patient surveys.

October 15, 2015 Mental Health Commission of Canada conference to explore transitions

banner_consensusconference-new_oct5_2Registration is now open for the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s consensus conference on November 2-4, 2015 in Ottawa. The conference will focus on removing barriers that can prevent successful transition from child and youth to adult mental health services.

October 15, 2015 Mental health an ongoing issue for Syrian refugees

As the number of people fleeing conflict in Syria continues to increase and expand across borders, providing adequate and proper mental health care to refugees in this crisis has become a central issue. With almost four million displaced persons from Syria, the corresponding mental health crisis is not new, as refugees have been experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety since the beginning of the five year old civil war. The importance of addressing this issue, however, is becoming more noticeable as the number of affected people continues to rise and the impact on neighboring populations becomes a global concern.

October 1, 2015 CMHA is calling for increased mental health funding this election

And we need your help! #GETLOUD for increased mental health funding!

Over the last several years, governments at different levels across the country have made investments in mental health and addiction services, supports and programs for their respective communities. And there are examples all across the country of effective programs that promote mental health, prevent mental illness, and provide effective mental health and addiction services.

October 1, 2015 Talk Today looks to make strides in year two

Talk TodayWith the first puck now dropped for the 2015-16 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) season, CMHA Ontario has even more goals for the Talk Today program.

October 1, 2015 Eastern Ontario TV stations wins CMHA Media Award

Mental Health MattersTV Cogeco in Cornwall, Ontario is the recipient of this year’s CMHA Ontario provincial media award.

October 1, 2015 Police Record Checks Reform Act takes next step

Police record checks reform legislation took another step towards reality as Bill 113 passed its second reading in the Ontario Legislature on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

October 1, 2015 Ontario needs a provincial alcohol strategy, say leading health organizations

A coalition of leading health organizations is calling on the Ontario government to develop a comprehensive alcohol strategy to address the health harms of alcohol.

October 1, 2015 Former health minister knows value of mental health firsthand

Former national health minister Allan Rock is speaking out about the importance of assisting with mental health issues.

October 1, 2015 Changes to the Mental Health Act proposed in legislature

The Honourable Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care recently introduced Bill 122 for First Reading in the Ontario Legislature.  The Bill, entitled The Mental Health Statute Law Amendment Act, 2015, will, if passed, make technical amendments to the Mental Health Act to provide the Consent and Capacity Board with new powers regarding the criteria and length of time a patient can continue to be held as an involuntary patient in a psychiatric facility.