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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 Ontario Launches eCampus Online Education Portal

eCampusTo provide Ontario students with greater access and more learning opportunities, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities recently launched the eCampus Online Education Portal. The portal aims to  provide Ontario students with access to the best learning opportunities available, while giving them greater flexibility to control how, when and where they learn.

October 15, 2015 Ontario Seeking Public Input on Closing the Gender Wage Gap

The provincial Gender Wage Gap Steering Committee is hosting a series of town halls in twelve communities across the province to contribute to the development of a wage gap strategy.

October 15, 2015 Communities of interest: Call for expressions of interest

CoI-Flyer-FOR-webEENet is currently seeking applications from communities of interest (CoIs) to enhance their work and improve Ontario’s mental health and addictions system. The application
deadline is November 13, 2015.

October 15, 2015 Learn about knowledge exchange and implementation

Sign up for a workshop: “From ‘Letting It Happen’ to ‘Making It Happen’: The use of knowledge exchange and implementation science tools.”

This workshop will take place on November 18, 2015, from 1:30 to 4:30 pm, as part of the Issues of Substance (IOS) 2015 conference, in Montreal, Quebec. The workshop will be available in English only.

October 15, 2015 StatsCan: Mental health issues impact the whole family

New information released by Statistics Canada (StatsCan) reveals the extent to which family members are affected by mental health issues.  Findings from the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey show that around 11 million Canadians age 15 and older report having one or more family members with a mental health or addictions problem.

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.