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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 7, 2015 Webinar: Using OCAN in community mental health

Sign up for this free webinar and find out how you can use the Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) to inform the services you deliver.

Date: May 28, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (EST)

April 23, 2015 Training opportunities available at CMHA Ontario provincial conference

CMHA Ontario conferenceCMHA Ontario is hosting a series of mental health and addictions related training opportunities on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 as part of the first-ever CMHA Ontario Division conference. Sessions include training in Trauma Informed Care, Mental Health Works, Mood Walks, and Motivational Interviewing.

April 23, 2015 New CEO for Canadian Mental Health Association, Windsor-Essex County

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Windsor-Essex County Branch (CMHA-WECB) is delighted to announce that Claudia den Boer Grima is the new CEO effective April 6, 2015.

April 23, 2015 CMHA Ontario to present Mood Walks at Healthy Parks Healthy People conference

hphp_bannerOn May 6-7, 2015, the University of Waterloo will host the first Canadian conference devoted to Healthy Parks Healthy People (HPHP), a worldwide movement to protect the Earth’s two most important assets.

April 23, 2015 Mullets raise thousands for mental health

March Mullet PresentationA fun and unique approach to mental health awareness last month has raised more than $41,000 for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Simcoe County branch.

April 23, 2015 Ontario launches public consultations to improve access to affordable housing

Ontario is launching consultations for a renewed Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy to support the province’s goals of improving outcomes for people and ending homelessness.  The Consultation Discussion Guide outlines the progress of the current strategy, future goals and areas where more input from partners is needed. Participants can submit their views to the government online, by telephone or in writing by July 3, 2015.

April 23, 2015 HSJCC series features Mental Health Pre-Charge Diversion

A recent webinar by the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) focused on a Mental Health Adult Pre-Charge Diversion Program in Durham Region. Constable Scott Logan, along with Yolanda Diston and Valerie Mussington from Durham Mental Health Services, engaged over 150 webinar participants in a discussion about local efforts in implementing this program and how it has helped them make referrals and improve police awareness of mental health issues.

April 23, 2015 Webinar series explores shades of integration

Image of Integration Resource website. Linked to website.Two integration case studies were presented in a webinar hosted by Community Health Ontario on April 15, the first event in a three-part series. Close to 70 participants heard two stories from opposite ends of the spectrum — a collaborative alliance in the South West LHIN, and a full merger in Toronto Central LHIN — followed by an informative Q&A session.

April 23, 2015 Sharing experiences: Using OCAN in Community Mental Health

Join a free webinar and learn how you can use the Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) to inform the services you deliver.

Date: May 28, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (EST)

April 23, 2015 Reducing stigma in primary care settings

The stigma, or shame, associated with mental illness often keeps people from seeking help for their mental health and/or substance use concerns. This stigma is sometimes the result of shame about having a mental health concern or of other people’s negative perceptions of those who seek mental health services.