Mental Health Notes
In 2013, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) released Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines to help Canadians moderate their alcohol consumption and reduce their immediate and long-term alcohol-related harms.
On March 25, 2015, a webinar was held titled, “Speaking your language: Promoting mental health awareness and support for international students and those new to Canada.”
Late in 2013, Bill S-208, an Act to establish the Canadian Commission on Mental Health and Justice was introduced and received first reading in the Senate. The bill was then sent to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology in March 2015.
On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, the popular CBC radio program, the Current, took a closer look at the role of the media and how journalists report on mental illness and mental health.
The Global Mental Health group from the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry and the Office of Transformative Global Health from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health are organizing a global mental health conference to take place in Toronto from May 6-8, 2015 to look at the theme of lessons in global mental health initiatives for local benefit.
Local Health Integration Networks have been busy engaging with branches of the Canadian Mental Health Association in recent weeks to announce government funding earmarked in Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.
After delivering a variety of successful trainings over the last six months, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Ontario’s Working for Children and Youth with Complex Mental Health Needs has come to an end. The project helped direct service providers enhance skills in key areas of targeted prevention, brief services, family skill building and supporting the capacity to practice within a health equity lens.
The Community of Interest (COI) for Racialized Populations and Mental Health and Addictions held a think tank this week to explore the potential of the Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) to advance health equity. The event brought together close to 80 participants from across Ontario, including representatives from hospitals, community-based mental health and addictions agencies, research institutes, and people with lived experience of mental health and/or addictions issues and racialization.
There were two successful developments recently as part of the ongoing Talk Today initiative of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario and the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).