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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 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.

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.