Mental Health Notes
A new initiative to increase access to mental health and addiction services for First Nations communities has resulted in increased dialogue between partners and the Minweyaanigoziwin Mapping Project, a new website that links Kenora-area First Nations residents with service providers.
Law enforcement agencies frequently receive and respond to calls about crises of emotionally disturbed persons in the community. However, police face an increasing number of difficulties in responding to crisis calls due to challenges such as a perceived lack of training and referral expertise. Toronto’s Mobile Crisis Intervention Team Program was put in place to address some of these challenges.
Recent high-profile cases across Canada have raised public concerns about safety around those with mental health issues. The Vince Li case on the Greyhound bus drew much media attention to the challenges that some individuals with mental health issues people face.
About 1 in 6 members of the Canadian Forces reported that they experienced mental health or alcohol disorder symptoms in the last 12 months, the 2013 Mental Health Survey found.
“Mental Health Matters” is the slogan and theme for this year’s International Youth Day, an annual awareness day held by the United Nations to draw attention to social issues related to youth. This year’s theme is meant to raise awareness about youth with mental health issues and help reduce stigma.
In September 2013, Paula Reid, a researcher from the United Kingdom paid a visit to CMHA Ontario to discuss the intersection of criminal justice and mental health and how to better support individuals with mental health issues who have come into contact with the law.
A new report by the Select Committee on Developmental Services details 46 recommendations for developmental services in Ontario, emphasizing the need to reduce waitlists for individuals waiting for care.
CMHA Nation-Wide Conference – October 22nd-24th, 2014
REGISTRATION IS OPEN – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Opening Ceremony and Keynote
Wednesday, October 22, 5:30 pm
Wednesday, October 22, 9:00 am—3:30 pm
Keynotes and Concurrent Sessions
Thursday and Friday, October 23 and 24
Mental health is a key priority for Legal Aid Ontario, including the development of a mental health strategy that will strengthen the capacity of lawyers, front-line workers and management to improve services for people living with mental health issues.