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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.

February 12, 2015 CMHA staff member to launch national discussions

Seeing through the labelChristine Hillis is a crisis and outreach worker at CMHA Oxford County. She has written a book, called Seeing Through the Label, which chronicles her own lived experience.

February 12, 2015 Trading up: New program hopes to steer youth away from crime

Trading Up LogoYouth at risk of coming into contact with the law face multiple challenges including unstable home environments, homelessness and poverty. Drug addictions, prostitution, crime and gang involvement can seem like easy solutions to these challenges but a new trades training centre aims to give these youth another option.

February 12, 2015 Historic gains made on addressing sexual violence on Ontario’s campuses

Ontario’s largest student group – which represents 350,000 college, undergraduate and graduate students – met with Premier Kathleen Wynne recently to discuss campus sexual violence and how schools can better prevent and respond to it. Specifically, the students hoped the meeting would help push colleges and universities to adopt stand-alone sexual assault policies and provide education on sexual violence.

February 12, 2015 Transforming Ontario’s health care system: report

The Ontario government has introduced the next phase of its health care action plan. Patients First: Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care was first released in 2012 and outlinedhow the province would increase access to better and more coordinated care, and ensure the health care system was sustainable.

February 12, 2015 Register now for Collaborative Conversations: On the Road

Collaborative Conversations ScreenShotWe are pleased to invite you to participate in Collaborative Conversations – On the Road! In this series of seven events, held across the province, we will explore issues and learnings that have emerged from the Systems Improvement through Service Collaboratives initiative.

February 12, 2015 Sustaining change: What does the evidence say about sustainability?

EENet WebYou’ve successfully put a new program or practice in place to help clients with mental health or addiction problems. Now what? In healthcare settings, putting evidence into practice is one thing; sustaining it is another. While there are many definitions of sustainability, it can be broadly understood as the continuation of most or all of an intervention after it has been implemented.

February 12, 2015 "Ask the Experts" webinar series looks at serious issues affecting student mental health

Webinar ScreenshotOn January 28, 2015, the latest webinar in the “Ask the Experts” series looked at how to best support a student who may have an eating disorder.

February 12, 2015 Canada ‘needs a new plan’ on poverty, says national group

Dignity for AllIn a wealthy country like Canada, it is difficult to comprehend why nearly 4.8 million people – one in seven – continue to live in poverty and struggle to pay their rent, feed their families, and meet their basic needs. A national anti-poverty group is highlighting this issue by calling on the federal government to take immediate steps to eradicate their cause.

February 12, 2015 Happy Chinese New Year! Wishing you prosperity and good mental health

Chinese New Year ImageChinese New Year falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice, which this year is on February 19, 2015. On this day the Chinese community will practice the power of positive thinking as they greet each other with well wishes and a cheerful Gong Xi Fa Cai!

February 12, 2015 Canadian student launches new global mental health website

Joshua Chauvin, a graduate of the University of Windsor and current Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, has launched a new website – itgetsbrighter.org– to raise awareness about mental health around the globe and to offer hope to those struggling.