Mental Health Notes
To support dialogue and discussion among organizations serving people with mental illnesses, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario hosts CMHA Connects which is a multisite network designed to support collaboration and knowledge sharing.
Toronto City Council has decided to examine the feasibility of providing more support for the needs of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans-People Queer (LGBTQ) community, after a 2013 survey indicated that 21 per cent of people in youth shelters identify as belonging to a sexual minority.
Workman Arts is an organization that works with artists with mental health and addiction issues and has offered performances and displays to hundreds of thousands of people since 1987. It was founded based on the principle that the creative process is integral to the quest for personal and spiritual development.
Wraparound Milwaukee is a unique system of care for children with serious emotional, behavioural, and mental health needs and their families. It uses a wraparound approach that focuses on strength-based, individualized care. Combined with a unique organizational structure, it delivers a comprehensive and flexible array of services to youth and their families.
A recent public inquiry into the death of Edward Snowshoe in the federal penitentiary system has renewed calls across the country to improve coordination of mental health and justice services, particularly for inmates with mental health histories.
The Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health has released its 2013-14 annual report, (knowledge + innovation)you = awesome.
As the Centre celebrates its 10th anniversary, this report takes the opportunity to reflect on how far the child and youth mental health sector has come and look ahead to a future full of possibilities.
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The French version of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH) Refugee Mental Health course is now accepting fall and winter registrations for 2014-15.
On June 18, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) launched its policy on preventing discrimination based on mental health disabilities and addictions. The policy reflects the OHRC’s interpretation of the Ontario Human Rights Code (the Code) with respect to mental health (MH) disabilities and addictions, and provides standards, guidelines and best practice examples. The launch event featured OHRC Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall as well as speakers from the Dream Team, Empowerment Council and Ryerson University.
In June 2014, CMHA Ontario released a revamped map of the Adult Criminal Justice and Mental Health Systems. This map was originally created in 2009 as part of the CMHA Ontario Network issue on Forensic Mental Health (see page 14). The new map provides an overview of the various pathways through the criminal justice and mental health systems with a focus on where these two systems intersect. Although this map provides a general overview, it is important to note that each individual’s case can be different and not all journeys through these systems are reflected in this map.