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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.

September 25, 2014 CMHA Ontario’s support for post-secondary students aligns with provincial directions

Student Mental HealthAs post-secondary students get into the swing of classes and extracurricular activities, academic, financial and personal challenges can contribute to significant stress, anxiety and depression. A few students may even contemplate suicide, which is the second most common cause of death for individuals aged 18 to 24.

September 25, 2014 Illicit drug use and problem gambling: The evidence on these co-addictions

Problem gambling and substance use disorders are serious public health concerns. The link between the two hasn’t been well studied, and most of the information has been on individuals who received treatment.

September 25, 2014 Going Tobacco-Free: A Look at the Evidence

Research shows that tobacco-free hospitals have a number of health and safety benefits for patients. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) recently went tobacco-free, part of a growing trend in health care centres across Canada.

September 25, 2014 MHCC releases report on police education and training

TEMPO REPORT COVERThe Mental Health Commission (MHCC) has released TEMPO: Police Interactions – A report towards improving interactions between police and people living with mental health problems.

September 25, 2014 Balancing Individual Safety, Community Safety and Life Quality conference report now available

MHCC conference report coverCMHA Ontario staff attended the first-of-its-kind national two-day conference in March 2014, co-hosted by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC).

 

September 25, 2014 CMHA Ontario kicks off Mental Illness Awareness Week with Twitter chat

Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is an annual national public education campaign designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness. The week was established in 1992 by the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and is now coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) in cooperation with all its member organizations and many other supporters across Canada.

September 25, 2014 Canadian Armed Forces report confirms urgent need for mental health support for soldiers

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) released statistics in September, 2014 on the number of suicides among its members. Although the CAF reports no significant change in suicide rates since 1995, others see the numbers differently. For example, many are emphasizing that there have been more Canadian soldiers who have died by suicide since 2004 than died in Afghanistan. That is 160 soldiers compared to 138 soldiers, respectively. These numbers include men and women in regular force personnel as well as those on the reserve force. However, they do not have a large enough female sample and are consequently only reflective of how male CAF suicide rates compare to males in the general population.

August 27, 2014 Peer support in the emergency department: Experiences for racialized people with mental health issues

The use of peer support in the emergency department (ED) is an emerging practice. In a recent issue of EENet’s Promising Practices, Raymond Cheng profiles two scenarios: One is the inner city hospital with the dense and diverse populations it serves, and its use of a Community Support Worker; the second is the future establishment of peer navigators in the Central Local health Integration Network (LHIN) at two sites – one in the city, and another serving a broader suburban area. Each offers some lessons and implications for their respective use by racialized people with mental health issues..

This Promising Practice arose from the work of the Community of Interest for Racialized Populations and Mental Health and Addictions (COI). CMHA Ontario is a member of the COI steering committee.

To read the full promising practice, visit the EENet website.

August 14, 2014 Iacobucci releases Toronto police review on encounters with people in crisis

Former Chief Justice Frank Iacobucci has released a review of documents, policies and procedures of the Toronto Police Service and its interactions with people in crisis, offering up 84 recommendations.

August 14, 2014 Local reporter wins CMHA Ontario media award

Heather Rivers, reporter with the Woodstock Sentinel Review has been named the recipient of the 2014 CMHA Ontario Media Award for excellence reporting on mental health and addictions issues at the local level.