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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.

March 27, 2014 Law Commission of Ontario focuses on legal capacity, decision-making and guardianship

Image of LCO logoThe Law Commission of Ontario has released four commissioned research papers to support its work on legal capacity, decision-making and guardianship.   Each of these areas can impact significantly on the lives and experiences of people with disabilities, including mental health-related disabilities.  The four papers include:

  • Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning: Standards and Supports, written by the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly and Dykeman Dewhirst O’Brien LLP
  • Decisions, Decisions: Promoting and Protecting the Rights of Persons with Disabilities who are Subject to Guardianship, written by Arch Disability Law Centre
  • Understanding the Lived Experience of Supported Decision-Making in Canada: A Study Paper, written by the Canadian Centre for Elder Law
  • Understanding and Addressing Voices of Adults with Disabilities Within Their Family Caregiving Contexts: Implications for Legal Capacity, Decision-making, and Guardianship, written by Dr. Bonnie Lashewicz.
March 27, 2014 Reminder: Participate in 2 public reviews of the AODA

Members of the public and organizations are invited to participate in two current reviews of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

March 27, 2014 Public awareness about health inequalities in Ontario

Health inequalities exist in Ontario. Ontarians who have lower incomes are at higher risk of having health problems like heart disease, poor mental health, stress and anxiety, depression, alcoholism, accidents, diabetes, obesity and lung cancer. To reduce these risks, the government would have to make changes to policies that affect health inequities. But action by government is linked to public awareness.

March 27, 2014 Using technology to deliver mental health services to children and youth

Technologies such as the internet, mobile applications, and video-conferencing are great tools that can help to deliver mental health services to children and youth.

March 27, 2014 Conference focuses on ways to improve interactions between individuals with mental health issues and police

MHCC and CACC logoImproving interactions and outcomes between persons with mental illnesses and the police was the focus of a national conference between mental health and law enforcement leaders in Toronto.

March 27, 2014 Mental health and justice experts provide views on Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act

Bill C-14, the Not Criminally Responsible (NCR) Reform Act has gone to second reading in the Senate and has been a key subject at the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs in Ottawa recently. Last month, the Committee heard from Justice Richard Schneider, chair of the Ontario Review Board and Review Boards of Canada, Dr. Sandy Simpson, chief of forensic psychiatry at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Chris Summerville, Chief Executive Officer of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada and Dr. John Bradford, a forensic psychiatrist and Associate Chief (Forensic) at the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group.

March 27, 2014 Statistics Canada releases 2011-2012 correctional services data

On March 20, 2014, Statistics Canada released new data about admissions to youth and adult corrections services in 2011 to 2012. Overall, admission to correctional facilities has decreased by 7 percent and 1 percent in youth and adults respectively. Most of the individuals admitted are male (77 percent in youth and 85 percent in adults) and spending on adult correctional services passed the $4 billion mark in 2011-2012.

March 27, 2014 Loneliness: its effect on health and strategies to overcome it

Loneliness isn’t a new phenomenon. Many have experienced it at some point in their lives as a particularly negative state. Not only does loneliness affect individuals’ well-being, recent research from the University of Chicago shows that it also affects physical health. Dr. John Cacioppo, a psychology professor and lead author of the new study, said that loneliness in old age may increase the risk of premature death by up to 14 percent; almost as much as poverty. Extreme loneliness is twice as detrimental to life expectancy as obesity.

March 27, 2014 Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee February, 2014 Newsletter

HSJCClogoThe latest Provincial HSJCC Newsletter was released at the end of February 2014. The Newsletter includes the Provincial HSJCC pre-budget submission focused on housing, a letter on Bill C-14 the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act and the latest, news, journal articles and research from the intersection of the human services and justice sectors.

To view the full newsletter, visit the HSJCC website.

To join the HSJCC Network mailing list, contact: CKT_Committee@hsjcc.on.ca

March 13, 2014 Ontario Human Rights Commission cites CMHA Ontario in report

Ontario Human Rights Commission LogoIn February 2014, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released a report titled “Police Use of Force and Mental Health.” The report was issued in the wake of the jury recommendations in the coroner’s inquest into the deaths of Reyal Jardine-Douglas, Sylvia Klibingaitis, and Michael Eligon. All three were fatally shot by police officers. OHRC took part in the inquest and its report outlines the relevant human rights principles, issues and recommendations relevant to cases involving use of force and individuals with mental health issues.