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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.

October 24, 2013 CMHA Ontario Welcomes New Director of Policy and Planning

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario is pleased to announce that Uppala Chandrasekera has joined the organization as Director of Policy and Planning.

October 24, 2013 Inquest into three police shooting deaths of individuals with mental health issues

A provincial coroner’s inquest into the deaths of three individuals who were all experiencing a mental health crisis when they were killed by police has begun in Toronto.  The deaths of Reyal Jardine-Douglas, Sylvia Klibingaitis and Michael Elgion occurred separately at different times and locations across Toronto over the past three years but their cases are heard together during the 8-week inquest because they were all experiencing mental health issues and holding sharp objects when confronted by police.  All officers involved in the three cases were cleared of any charges by the Ontario Special Investigations Unit.  The inquest will thus focus on police training and use-of-force guidelines and aim to make recommendations on preventing these types of incidents from occurring in the future.

October 24, 2013 Supporting Minds: An Educator's Guide to Promoting Students' Mental Health and Well-being

supportingmindsThe Ministry of Education is seeking feedback on a draft resource guide about student mental health promotion for school educators.

October 24, 2013 Canadian Olympian's bike tour promoting mental health to make dozens of Ontario stops

The official route map for Clara Hughes’ cross-Canada bike tour and mental health awareness campaign  includes more than 25 stops in Ontario.

October 24, 2013 Research Snapshot: Relation between place of residence and postpartum depression

Postpartum depression is known to be a health problem that can have serious consequences for mothers, their children, and the family as a whole. As such, prevention is a high priority. The relation between the place of residence and risk of postpartum depression is not well understood.

October 24, 2013 Research Report Round-up: Best practice recommendations for Canadian harm reduction programs

Evidence shows that effective prevention programs for people who use drugs can reduce transmission of HIV and hepatitis B (HBV), and other harms related to drug use. Harm reduction programs, like needle and syringe programs, lead to fewer people having HIV and less needle and equipment reuse, and are cost effective.

October 24, 2013 The health effects of Conducted Energy Weapons

cewreport_coverConducted Energy Weapons (CEWs) such as Tasers are 2.7 times more likely to be discharged during a mental health emergency than during a criminal arrest, likely placing individuals experiencing mental health issues at greater risk of injury or death compared to the general population, states a report from the Council of Canadian Academies.

October 24, 2013 Campaign to save data on welfare incomes surpasses goal

In the Oct. 10, 2013 issue of Mental Health Notes, we told you about the Caledon Institute of Social Policy’s Data Rescue campaign to raise money to collect information about welfare incomes in Canada. We’re pleased to report the institute has exceeded its goal of raising $20,000.

October 24, 2013 U.S. celebrates 50th anniversary of Community Mental Health Act

Americans are marking the anniversary of a key piece of legislation that drastically changed the way the U.S. health system addressed mental illness. It was 50 years ago – Oct. 31, 1963 –  that President John F. Kennedy signed the Community Mental Health Act. Kennedy’s legislation focused on community-based care for patients experiencing a mental illness as opposed to institutionalization.

October 24, 2013 CBC Toronto launches special mental health programming

offcourse-140CBC Toronto is launching a special week-long series that focuses on university and college students coping with mental health issues. The network is calling the coverage Off Course on Campus: The Student Mental Health Crisis.