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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.

November 7, 2013 Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police releases Best Practices in Policing and LGBTQ Communities

Best Practices in Policing and LGBTQ CommunitiesThe 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.

November 7, 2013 Former police chiefs appointed to aid Ombudsman’s de-escalation investigation

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.

November 7, 2013 Toronto police chief and police board's mental health sub-committee table reports on conducted energy weapons

There were two developments at a recent Toronto Police Services Board which CMHA Ontario was following closely.

November 7, 2013 We Ask Because We Care: Report on health equity data collection

weaskbecausewecare_reportcoverThis 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.

November 7, 2013 RISE is rising in more Ontario communities

riselogoRise Asset Development has arisen in London, Ontario making it the third community in Ontario where the program is available.

November 7, 2013 Research study: How diverse is leadership within the GTA’s health sector?

diversecitylogoNew research has raised questions about diversity of leadership within the GTA’s health sector. While boards and senior management teams of GTA health care institutions include significant numbers of women, others such as racialized groups, people with disabilities and LGBTQ people remain underrepresented.

November 7, 2013 Student mental health focus of CBC Toronto town hall

offcourseOn October 30, 2013, as part of their Off Course On Campus series, CBC Toronto hosted a town hall on student mental health. The town hall panel featured Janine Robb, Executive Director of Health and Wellness at University of Toronto, Terry McQuaid, Director of Counselling and Accessibility Services at Seneca College, Eric Windeler, founder of the Jack Project, and Rachel Cooper, a student with lived experience of mental health issues.

November 7, 2013 Research Snapshot: Measuring Continuity of Care in Children’s Mental Health

Across Canada, continuity of care has been identified as an important goal in the children’s mental health care system. ‘Continuity of care’ refers to a service user’s experience that is smooth, with linkages between different providers to ensure coordinated care. Until now, there has not been a way to measure continuity of care from the perspective of parents and youth.

November 7, 2013 Promising Practice: Offering easy access to care for youth with first episode mood & anxiety concerns

When psychiatrist Dr. Elizabeth Osuch first joined the London Health Sciences Centre in 2005 as the Rea Chair of Affective and Anxiety Disorders, the mandate of her position was to conduct functional brain imaging research on mood and anxiety disorders. As her research progressed, she realized that the youth participating in her study were unable to quickly access the psychiatric care they needed. Some of the younger participants would end up on waiting lists that were one to two years long, others would wind up cycling in and out of the emergency department or would be referred to adult psychiatric facilities.

November 7, 2013 Realizing the potential of HEIA: Lessons learned event

Join an upcoming event and learn how to realize the potential of the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA). This free event will bring both experienced and new users of the HEIA tool together – in person and online – to discuss the benefits and challenges of conducting a HEIA assessment.