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

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To submit news for Mental Health Notes, send complete details to news@ontario.cmha.ca. 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.

May 22, 2014 CMHA Ontario starts dialogue about equity and mental health

equityandmentalhealthbanner_finalEquity issues have a significant and often negative impact on the people, communities and health care system of Ontario. Consider that:

  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers.
  • People with mental health issues face discrimination in employment, housing and many other essential and health-promoting areas of life.
  • Northern Ontarians face the highest rates of depression, hospitalization and medication use, but have access to less comprehensive, available and accessible mental health services and supports.
May 22, 2014 Are You Good2Talk?

The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health– a partnership project involving Colleges Ontariothe Council of Ontario Universitiesthe Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliancethe College Student Alliance and the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division – is offering a webinar on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 1-2 p.m. with Good2Talk.

May 22, 2014 May is Mental Health Awareness Month in Windsor, Ontario

The Mayor of Windsor, Eddie Francis, recently proclaimed that May will be recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month across the southwestern Ontario city of about 200,000 people.

In the proclamation, the City of Windsor recognizes that mental health disability is an enormous business and economic issue, costing Canadians billions of dollars annually due to lost productivity.

May 22, 2014 CMHA at the Memorial Cup

Canadian junior hockey’s most celebrated tournament, the Memorial Cup, is taking place in London, Ontario and CMHA is there to spread the news about mental health.

May 22, 2014 Rescheduled: Using HEIA in Community Mental Health Webinar

The Using Health Equity Impact Assessments in Community Mental Health webinar will be rescheduled for a later date. Unfortunately, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care was not available to present on May 21, 2014.  Once the webinar has been rescheduled, registration will reopen.  Previously registered and waitlist participants will be given the first chance to register.

The webinar organizers sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

Questions or concerns may be directed to Sheela Subramanian, Policy Analyst, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario at ssubramanian@ontario.cmha.ca or (416) 977-5580 x4157.

May 22, 2014 Get physically active for your mental health; register for Healthy Hikes

Ontario ForestFor the second straight year, Healthy Hikes is back to help Ontarians maintain and improve their mental health with a dose of fresh air and green space.

May 22, 2014 Missed the latest Provincial HSJCC webinar, “Moving Wheels of Justice”? Watch online.

On May 12, 2014, the Provincial Human Service and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) held a webinar titled “Moving the Wheels of Justice: Communication about Mental Health within the Courthouse.” The webinar was presented by Dr. Julian Gojer, a Forensic Psychiatrist on staff at the Toronto Western Hospital. Dr. Gojer also sits on the Ontario Review Board and works at the St. Lawrence Valley Correctional and Treatment Centre in Brockville, Ontario. This is a unique, one of a kind jail in Canada that operates similarly to a psychiatric hospital.

May 22, 2014 Eligible community health organizations can help homeless voters cast a ballot!

CMHA Ontario is working with Elections Ontario to improve the accessibility of voting for Ontarians with mental health disabilities.  We learned that some voters with mental health disabilities face challenges in providing the proof of residence or identity needed to vote.  As a result, we have worked with Elections Ontario to extend the Certificate of Identity and Residence program to community health organizations (previously it was largely offered to food banks and shelters).

May 22, 2014 OCPDA releases Healthiest Province 2014 campaign

The Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (OCDPA), formed in 2003 to address the urgent need for integrated action and collaboration on the issue of chronic disease prevention, aims to bring concerns regarding the state of health in Ontario to political party leaders, MPPs and nominated candidates in the leadup to the upcoming election. .

May 22, 2014 New reports on police record checks unveiled

John Howard Society reportDuring the 2014 Victoria Day weekend, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the John Howard Society of Ontario (JHSO) jointly released 2 reports on police record checks.