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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 11, 2016 Ontario reintroduces Patients First Act

The Ontario government reintroduced a bill designed to improve access and coordination challenges of the provincial health care system.

October 3, 2016 Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 2-8) encourages Canadians to fight stigma

CMHA Ontario invites community members to share the realities of living with mental health issues during Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), the first full week of October.

September 30, 2016 CMHA Ontario conference focuses on measuring our success

More than 200 CMHA staff from across the province gathered in Toronto this week to discuss quality improvement and mental health in Ontario.

September 30, 2016 CMHA Ontario awards recognize media heroes

A radio host dedicated to promoting wellness among his listeners and an organization that has provided pro-bono services to spread news about the positive work of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) have been honoured with this year’s CMHA Ontario media awards.

September 30, 2016 Passion, teamwork and success – lessons from the edge

drdaveCanadian astronaut and physician Dr. Dave Williams knows working collaboratively while in outer space is essential.

September 30, 2016 E-QIP names coaches, available to help

eqipThe first round of coaches have been named to the Excellence through Quality Improvement Project (E-QIP), giving the partnership the ability to offer tailored support to those community mental health and addictions agencies looking to enhance Quality Improvement (QI) initiatives.

September 30, 2016 Researcher shares promise and perils of tech for mental health care

dr-forchukDr.Cheryl Forchuk, Associate Director of Nursing Research at the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, closed the CMHA Ontario pre-conference by urging delegates to examine the expanding role of technology in mental health care.

September 26, 2016 Growing need for campus mental health services: report

Results from a 2016 survey of more than 25,000 Ontario university and college students indicate anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts have increased on campuses within the last three years.

September 26, 2016 Ontario government’s mandate letters touch on key CMHA Ontario points

The Ontario government’s mandate letters noted mental health and addictions issues significant to CMHA Ontario’s interests of increasing adequate and appropriate accessibility and supports for people with lived experience.

September 23, 2016 Open call for Quality Standard Advisory Committee members to develop quality standards for community based schizophrenia care

desk-group-quality-standardsHealth Quality Ontario has released an open call for volunteers to help form an advisory committee that will set quality standards for care provided to individuals living with schizophrenia within Ontario comminutes.