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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 29, 2015 StatsCan: Immigrant women more likely to be higher educated, unemployed than Canadian born peers

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.

October 29, 2015 New Community Workspace on Homelessness now available

Join Now!  The Community Workspace on HomelessnessThe 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.

October 29, 2015 National Housing Day aims to raise awareness about homelessness

Housing flyerThe 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.

October 15, 2015 CMHA and Canadians call on federal parties for increased mental health funding

Transition-Fund-web-banner-textThis 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.

October 15, 2015 Talk Today spreads west

twitter imageCMHA 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.

October 15, 2015 CMHA Ontario 2014/2015 Annual Report now available online

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.
October 15, 2015 New Mental Health Works website offers updated tools

MHW screenshotIn 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.

October 15, 2015 CMHA Thunder Bay Board Chair Appointed Chair of CMHA Ontario Division Board of Directors

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario Division Board of Directors is pleased to announce that its representative from Thunder Bay, Michael Lewkin, has been appointed Chair of the provincial board for a two-year term beginning immediately.

October 15, 2015 Stats show stark reality of living with mental health or addictions in Ontario

By the Numbers cover pageA new report by the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) reveals the challenging realities faced by people living with mental health or addictions disabilities in Ontario. By the Numbers, released October 5, 2015, uses Statistics Canada data from the 2012 Canadian Survey on Disability to get a better understanding of the population living with mental health and addictions in Ontario.

October 15, 2015 Province to audit large retailers to ensure workplace accessibility

This fall, the Government of Ontario will conduct targeted audits of large retail companies to ensure that workplace and employee practices are accessible.  The goal of the audit is to make sure that companies with more than 500 employees are compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and making accessibility part of recruiting and employee support.