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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.

December 19, 2013 Nova Scotia vows to improve adolescent mental health care

The government in Nova Scotia has committed to improving adolescent mental health and addictions services in the province, following the release of a report reviewing child and youth mental health and addictions services in the Halifax Regional Municipality.

December 19, 2013 G8 health ministers commit to dementia cure by 2025

Image Courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.NetHealth ministers from G8 countries are vowing to find a cure or treatment for dementia by 2025.

December 5, 2013 CMHA Ontario among experts at community safety forum

communitysafetypicCMHA Ontario was among more than three dozen participants from many sectors across the province to share knowledge about comprehensive approaches to community safety during a special forum hosted by the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO).

December 5, 2013 Have you realized the potential of HEIA?

heia_bannerLast week the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Community of Interest hosted a sold-out forum titled, Realizing the Potential of HEIA: Lessons Learned. The event brought together HEIA experts and users from across and beyond the health system.

December 5, 2013 Woman denied entry into the US because of clinical depression history

Last week at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, Ellen Richardson was told that she couldn’t enter the United States because she was hospitalized for clinical depression in 2012 and would require a medical evaluation. This medical evaluation would need to be done by 1 of 3 physicians approved by U.S. officials and not Ellen’s regular psychiatrist.

December 5, 2013 New resource helps lawyers improve practice with clients with disabilities

arch_logoArch Disability Law Centre has released a new primer to increase the legal profession’s capacity to serve people with disabilities in Ontario and beyond.  The primer includes 10 articles and is available in English and French.  Articles address a range of issues including:

  • Understanding disability
  • Laws and legal concepts related to disabilities
  • Practical strategies for accommodating the needs of people with disabilities
  • Human rights and disability
  • Disability and the capacity to instruct counsel
December 5, 2013 OHRC releases new online training about the duty to accommodate

quiz_buttonTo mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (Dec. 3, 2013), the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released a new eLearning module about human rights in Ontario and the legal duty of employers, housing and service providers to accommodate.  Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, accommodation generally refers to needs related to disability, religion, family responsibilities or gender.  This resource provides employers, housing and service providers with information and examples of accommodation.

December 5, 2013 Research Snapshot: Hospital-community partnership improves mental health care for children

Children with behaviour problems at an early age can end up having risky behaviour and being involved with the criminal justice system later in life. Early treatment can help prevent long-term problems, but it can be difficult to put effective programs in place in community settings. This is especially the case in high-risk communities.

December 5, 2013 Research Report Round-up: Understanding the seismic shifts shaking Canada’s youth

Community Foundations of Canada conducts a national study every year to look at the quality of life of Canadians. In 2012, the study looked specifically at youth. For this study, the foundation collected research from many sources to provide a picture of youths’ quality of life. This report presents a picture of health, well-being, and employment issues facing youth in Canada.

December 5, 2013 Health Council of Canada report recommends actions to improve Aboriginal seniors’ health

HCCreportcoverA new report from the Health Council of Canada calls on all levels of government in Canada to take action to improve the health of Aboriginal seniors. The report identifies that Aboriginal seniors experience poorer health than their non-Aboriginal peers, including higher rates of chronic diseases and conditions, but often do not receive the same level of health care due to poor communication, collaboration, and jurisdictional disputes.