Mental Health Notes
On June 18, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) launched its policy on preventing discrimination based on mental health disabilities and addictions. The policy reflects the OHRC’s interpretation of the Ontario Human Rights Code (the Code) with respect to mental health (MH) disabilities and addictions, and provides standards, guidelines and best practice examples. The launch event featured OHRC Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall as well as speakers from the Dream Team, Empowerment Council and Ryerson University.
In June 2014, CMHA Ontario released a revamped map of the Adult Criminal Justice and Mental Health Systems. This map was originally created in 2009 as part of the CMHA Ontario Network issue on Forensic Mental Health (see page 14). The new map provides an overview of the various pathways through the criminal justice and mental health systems with a focus on where these two systems intersect. Although this map provides a general overview, it is important to note that each individual’s case can be different and not all journeys through these systems are reflected in this map.
In its final written submission to the Dean Mayo Moran independent review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), CMHA Ontario calls for strong and consistent protections for people with mental health disabilities in Ontario.
Registration is open for the Real Stories, Real Hope panel discussion organized by CMHA Halton.
Mental Health Notes will be taking a little break over the summer. Rather than publish every two weeks, the e-newsletter, which is distributed to nearly 3,000 subscribers, will be published once a month in July and August.
We will return to our regular publication schedule in the fall and continue to deliver interesting and informative mental health and addictions-related news, events and announcements.
Election 2014 is over and Queen’s Park is returning to business on July 2, 2014. Premier-Elect Kathleen Wynne has signaled her intention to re-introduce the 2014-2015 Ontario budget, Building Opportunity, Securing Our Future as one of the first orders of business.
Since the release of reports from the Office of Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ontario (IPC), the Canadian Civil Liberties Association(CCLA) and the John Howard Society Ontario(JHSO) on police record checks, others have come forward to share their stories and take up the cause of ending the disclosure of non-conviction records on police background checks.
Resilience is seen as an important element to maintaining child and youth mental health and sustaining wellbeing during transitions. Wide interest has expanded evaluation of interventions and how resilience might be fostered and sustained.
On June 5, 2014, EENet, in partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Health Promotion Resource Centre, presented the first of two webinars looking at the results of the 2013 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS). CAMH’s OSDUHS is the longest ongoing school survey of adolescents in Canada.