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Mental Health Notes

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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.

April 21, 2016 Number of landmarks to shine green for Mental Health Week continues to grow

Peace Bridge web imageThe shine green movement is growing rapidly.

April 21, 2016 CMHA Ontario addresses wage gap in province

wage gapCMHA Ontario believes women not receiving equal payment for the same work done by their male counterparts are being stymied from reaching their full potential.

April 14, 2016 Talk Today numbers continue to grow as second year wraps up

CMHA_TalkTodaylogo_standaloneBuoyed by the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL), more than 800 athletes have now received suicide-awareness training through the CMHA’s Talk Today program.

April 7, 2016 Join the green movement during mental health week

TrilliumCommunities across Ontario are encouraged to join what is becoming a large and growing green movement for Mental Health Week.

April 5, 2016 Caregivers need support for their own physical and mental health

LivingLifetotheFullNational Caregiver Day, April 5, is an important time to reflect and thank the caregivers in our lives – but also to raise awareness of the challenges they can face as a result of their caregiving role.

March 24, 2016 New CMHA Initiative Targets Caregivers 55+

LLTTF2The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario Division, in partnership with CMHA Toronto, is launching a free initiative that aims to promote positive mental health and reduce social isolation in caregivers over the age of 55 in the Toronto area.

March 24, 2016 CMHA announces Dr. Patrick Smith as new national CEO

Irene Merie, Chair of the Board of Directors for The Canadian Mental Health Association, is pleased to announce that Dr. Patrick Smith is CMHA’s new national CEO. With a PhD in clinical psychology, he brings considerable experience to this position, having worked in leadership roles in the mental health and addictions sectors for more than 20 years.

March 11, 2016 Legal Aid Ontario launches new mental health strategy

LAO coverLegal Aid Ontario (LAO) has developed a new Mental Health Strategy to better serve people with lived experiences of mental health and addictions.

March 10, 2016 CMHA webinar series highlights need for supports in refugee mental health

keyboard-supportCMHA Ontario hosted two webinars in February to share expertise and support the community mental health sector in responding to the needs of Syrian and other refugee populations. Each webinar focused on providing people and organizations in the community mental health sector with information, tools and resources to inform work with marginalized populations.

March 4, 2016 Talk Today games reach the masses in February

sting3The point of the Talk Today awareness games last month – a collaboration between CMHA branches and Ontario Hockey League (OHL) teams – was to get people talking about mental health.