Mental Health Notes
On Thursday, November 14, 2013, millions of people worldwide wore blue in honor of World Diabetes Day, an awareness campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization in response to the escalating health threat of diabetes across the globe.
CMHA Ontario and its partner, the Provincial Human Service and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC), is pleased that feedback provided to the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG) is reflected in new, key recommendations to improve the provincial bail system.
Ontario’s Centre for Innovation on Campus Mental Health (CICMH), which has a mission to help Ontario’s colleges and universities enhance capacity to help support student mental health and wellbeing, is gearing up for a full-day knowledge-exchange event on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.
On October 30, 2013, the Ministries of Children and Youth Services, Attorney General and Education came together to host an important Forum on Youth Mental Health and Justice. This event comes after the inquest of a 16-year old youth who died while in custody, and a growing concern that recommendations from child death inquests are seldom carried out.
CMHA Ontario would like to congratulate its Director of Policy and Planning, Uppala Chandrasekera, on her appointment as Vice Chair for the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC).
CMHA Ottawa reached a milestone of 60 years of service in Ottawa’s mental health community this year, with the event marked recently with a celebration at the CMHA National conference. The organization began in 1953 when a small group of Ottawa citizens came together to determine the mental health needs of the Ottawa region. Originally led by a team of volunteers, CMHA Ottawa is now a leader in mental health services and resources for the Ottawa area.
The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) has recently announced a new document that aims to improve interactions and strengthen the relationships between the police and the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities.
Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin announced Tuesday, November 5, 2013 that he has appointed two prominent police chiefs as special advisors to his ongoing investigation on guidelines provided to police for de-escalating conflict situations, including those involving people with mental health issues.
There were two developments at a recent Toronto Police Services Board which CMHA Ontario was following closely.
This new report from a Toronto-based partnership explores the value, need, and logistics of collecting health equity-related data from patients seeking health services. Starting in 2010, three Toronto-based hospitals – Mount Sinai Hospital, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and St. Michael’s Hospital – identified the need for patient socio-demographic data to inform health service planning. Soon joined by Toronto Public Health, the partnership embarked on a project to develop a patient questionnaire and start collecting data.