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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 LAO kicks off their mental health strategy at PARC

LAOLegal Aid Ontario (LAO) launched their mental health strategy consultation with a recent event at the Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (PARC) in Toronto.

December 19, 2013 Family members needed for survey to enhance tool that helps individuals with schizophrenia

Image courtesy of smarnad / FreeDigitalPhotos.NetThe Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH) Schizophrenia Division is looking for families to participate in a survey that tests the usefulness of a family-centred approach when dealing with the cognitive impacts of schizophrenia.

December 19, 2013 Research Report Round-up: National guidelines to support family caregivers of adults with mental health issues

National-Guideslines-for-Caregivers-231x300Family caregivers – those who care for adult family members living with mental illness – who receive the support they need can make a big difference in the life of their ill relative. Adequate support can help alleviate some of the stressors that often come with caring for an ill adult relative. When such supports are not there, it can jeopardize both their capacity to provide care and the caregivers own health and well-being. The unpaid care and support they provide is a major contribution to the health and social service system, and would cost considerably if it had to be replaced with paid formal services.

December 19, 2013 National Campaign to save Labour Market Agreements launches with new website

LMAWorksNational and provincial partners, including employment service providers and various policy think tanks, have launched www.lmaworks.com, a new website to provide an open and collective voice for organizations developing, delivering and interested in the continuation of effective labour market agreement (LMA) programs.

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