Mental Health Notes
Following an announcement by the Government of Canada that it will re-instate Bill C-54 (to be re-numbered Bill C-14), the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act, in the Senate of Canada, a coalition of 12 national health organizations are looking to collaborate with the government to amend the Bill so it supports victims without perpetuating the stigma and discrimination of mental illness
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario and Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO) are working collaboratively to lead an initiative that will support community-based mental health and addictions organizations enhance quality improvement.
Public education has been a core function of CMHA and the availability of a network of public educators and mental health promoters in CMHA branches across the province represents an opportunity for effective public engagement in early psychosis intervention. CMHA Ontario is taking the opportunity to showcase its network of public educators at the Early Psychosis Ontario Think Tank on Education and Outreach which takes place November 21-22, 2013 in Toronto.
Several of Ontario’s largest police services are making use of increased decision-making power handed down by the province over the summer when it comes to the availability of conductive energy weapons (CEWs) for front-line officers. In late August, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services announced that police services will be allowed to decide which of its officers can carry CEWs. Since then, several police services, including in Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa have proposed expanded use of CEWs.
CMHA Ontario is warning residents in two Ontario communities after it has become aware of a person or persons in the Toronto and Hamilton areas that are using fake door-to-door fundraising schemes.
A new report from Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) released Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 makes key recommendations to improve how Ontario schools can support youth with mental health and addictions issues. Spearheaded by CMHO’s Youth Action Committee, Building a Better School Environment for Youth with Mental Health and Addiction Issues identified the need for:
- Improved communication between students and educators
- A greater level of mental health education
- Increased resources to ensure more young people seek help, such as designated safe spaces.
New information about how people with developmental disabilities in Ontario need and use health services is now available. A summary version of the Atlas on the Primary Care of Adults with Developmental Disabilities in Ontario is now available from the Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences. While the full version of the resource will be available in December, the summary provides a wealth of information.
Health Quality Ontario’s 2013 annual conference brought together people from all sectors of the health system to exchange ideas and work together toward the common goal of more integrated, high quality care for Ontarians. Titled Health Quality Transformation 2013, HQO’s second annual conference for health system providers, partners and leaders took place in Toronto on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.
The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa, Ontario has unveiled new simulation videos to help front-line police officers recognize possible indicators of mental illness.
Conducting a Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) is not as hard as it seems; it is doable and beneficial. To learn more, participate in the online livestream of the Realizing the Potential of HEIA: Lessons Learned Event on November 26. This free event will feature a range of presenters and opportunities for discussion about how the Health Equity Impact Assessment tool can assist you and your organization to improve overall equity.