Mental Health Notes
A new report on household food insecurity in Canada shines a light on what continues to be a major social and health problem in this country, and that is the lack of access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to maintain good health.
There is a growing trend where employers from all sectors, not just those working with vulnerable populations, are requesting that job applicants provide a criminal record check. Similar to Ontario, in British Columbia, non-conviction records can show up on a police record check and this information can include:
- warrants for arrest
- peace bonds or restraining orders in effect
- information about adverse police contact
- charges approved by Crown Counsel that do not result in convictions
- information related to the Youth Criminal Justice Act
- information about an individual’s mental health
The Sochi Winter Olympics are here! As spectators cheer for their country, athletes gear up to face the culmination of years of preparation. For them, a split second can mean the difference between winning a medal or being left off the podium; and the desire to succeed for one’s self, family, team and country is enormous. Additionally, some athletes may be coping with the diagnosis of a mental illness, such as anxiety or depression. To help athletes prepare for competitions, cope with performance anxiety, function well as part of a team and cultivate resiliency, many countries employ sports psychologists.
You are invited to participate in a webinar about the mental health and wellbeing of immigrants to Canada at 1 p.m. on February 21, 2014. The webinar will explore mental health outcomes for immigrants and refugees, as well as the mental health impacts of immigration and settlement. Specific topics to be explored include:
- Findings from the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Canada
- Frontline service provider perspectives on the experiences of recent immigrants
- Promising practices and service delivery approaches related to newcomer mental health
There have been some major changes to the online presence of Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO). AMHO has adopted a new logo and redesigned its website to make it more visually appealing and easier to navigate than before. It also has a new website address: http://www.addictionsandmentalhealthontario.ca/
For the 12th straight year, Open Minds Quarterly and Northern Initiative for Social Action (NISA) are seeking entries for the annual BrainStorm Poetry Contest, open to entries from poets internationally who identify as a person with lived experience of mental illness.
The provincial government should continue building on momentum created by Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy (2011) and provide targeted funding to enhance access to safe and affordable housing and provide income security, two key elements for recovery for people living with mental health conditions.
On Wednesday, January 29, 2014, the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) held its 4th webinar, this time focusing on prisoner belongings. The title of the webinar was “Stranded without Personal Belongings: putting individuals with mental health issues at risk.”
CMHA Ontario and branches throughout the province were pleased to do their part in fighting stigma and raising awareness about mental health in the fourth annual Bell Let’s Talk Day. In all, the initiative raised $5,472,585, generating an more than an astonishing 109 million text messages, mobile and long distance calls, Tweets and Facebook shares.