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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 23, 2016 Consultations for developing a dementia strategy for Ontario begin

developing-dementia-strategyOntarians are being invited to share their view on a new dementia strategy following the release of a report by the provincial government.

September 14, 2016 OHL player shares his mental health message

guelph-stormGuelph Storm defenceman Garrett McFadden was in the news after speaking out about the importance of maintaining positive mental health.

September 14, 2016 Baycrest supports evaluation of Living Life to the Full for Caregivers 55+

Living Life to the Full BooksCMHA Ontario and the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest have partnered to evaluate the Living Life to the Full for Caregivers 55+ project. This unique venture works to understand the impact of a mental health promotion program currently being delivered in Toronto in partnership with community agencies. The program, Living Life to the Full, is an 8-week course based on the principles of cognitive behaviour therapy. Also known as “12 hours that can change your life”, Living Life to the Full provides groups with skills and knowledge to cope with life’s challenges.

September 14, 2016 Toronto Star voices a desire for national suicide prevention plan

tsstoryThe Toronto Star is calling on a nationwide suicide prevention plan to be implemented as soon as possible.

September 12, 2016 Throne speech short on mental health promises

The Liberal government delivered its speech from the Throne on Sept. 12, after Premier Kathleen Wynne prorogued the Legislature on Sept. 8. The speech was delivered by Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell and focused mainly on the economy, child care and education, electricity rebates and business development. Mention of health care issues focused on primary care investments but did not make any direct mention of mental health initiatives or improvements.

September 9, 2016 World Suicide Prevention Day highlights strategies to prevent loss

suicide prevention strategiesThe Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division joins people with lived experience of a mental health issue, their families, policy makers, advocates, researchers and others who come together every year on Sept. 10 to commemorate World Suicide Prevention Day.

September 9, 2016 Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care hosts webinar on the progress of Patients First

CMHA Ontario participated in a webinar that could mark transformative changes for the Ontario health care system.

September 2, 2016 E-QIP holds second Advisory Group meeting

The Excellence Through Quality Improvement Project (E-QIP) Advisory Group met for the second time to discuss updates and areas of improvement.

September 1, 2016 Enhancing mental health care will benefit Canadian economy: report

Improving mental health treatment could boost the Canadian economy by billions of dollars, according to a new report from The Conference Board of Canada’s Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care.

August 26, 2016 Crisis and support line reaching London, Middlesex, Oxford and Elgin counties

ReachOut247A 24/7 crisis and support line launched Aug. 23 is bringing faster access to the most appropriate supports for those living in London, Middlesex, Oxford and Elgin counties.