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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 13, 2014 CMHA Oxford weighs in on police mental health records

There has been a lot of activity about the issue of police mental health records since the case of Ellen Richardson, a Canadian who was stopped at the U.S. border because of her mental health history, made headlines in late 2013.

March 13, 2014 CMHA Middlesex aims to enhance mental health services in London Ontario

A new mental health organization now offers people across London and surrounding areas a single point of access to find mental health services and support.

March 13, 2014 Mood Walks presents exciting opportunity for mental health organizations

moodwalksA new CMHA Ontario initiative is offering resources and support for mental health organizations to create an innovative new program.

March 13, 2014 See how a unique program uses physical activity to improve mental health

An upcoming free presentation hosted by the International Initiative for Mental Health Leaders in partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and CMHA Ontario, will examine how physical activity can improve the health and longevity of people experiencing mental illness.

March 13, 2014 Participate in two 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 13, 2014 Youth with schizophrenia and their families needed for study

Image of flyer seeking participantsThe Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) is seeking youth with schizophrenia or family members to participate in a survey for a research project to help reduce  mental illness stigma. In partnership with the Hispanic Development Council, Across Boundaries, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and CMHA Ontario, the SSO project aims to fill a void. Currently, there is relatively little research done on the experience of mental illness stigma among racialized youth.

March 13, 2014 Older adults and addictions in Ontario

There is unprecedented growth in the number and proportion of elderly. Census data for 2011 showed there were 5 million older adults in Canada, or 14.8 percent of the population. In 2036 there will likely be 9.8 million seniors, or 24.5 percent of population.

March 13, 2014 What are the needs of street-based sex workers?

Street-based sex workers face many challenges: they are pushed to the margins of society, their work is criminalized, many are homeless and poor, while some face violence or mental health and addiction issues. To overcome these barriers, there is a need for specific social and health services that meet their complex experiences.

March 13, 2014 Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk rolls into communities around Canada

Image of Clara Hughes for Clara's Big RideSix-time Olympian Clara Hughes is seeking to drive positive long-term change in the way Canadians perceive mental illness and talk about mental health by biking around Canada and visiting schools and community groups in every province and territory.

March 13, 2014 Study reveals impact of immigration experience on kids’ mental health

A new study reveals that children’s drawings can speak volumes about their experiences of immigration.  Monica Valencia completed graduate studies at Ryerson University where her thesis research explored how art may tap into the innermost thoughts and experiences of children.