Mental Health Notes
Mark your calendars because the 63rd annual Mental Health Week (MHW) is almost here.
Did you know this is the 63rd year that Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has led Mental Health Week (MHW)? Do you want to find out more about the focus of MHW 2014? Interested in taking a quiz to assess your own mental health?
Last year, Mental Health Week (MHW) shone a light on youth mental health. This year, the mental health of women takes the spotlight.
Throughout the province, CMHA’s 31 local branches are getting ready for Mental Health Week (May 5-11, 2014) in different ways. Some are hosting event while others may be offering special programs. The best way to discover what’s going on in your community is by finding and contacting your local branch. Use our branch finder tool to help.
CMHA Ontario and Children’s Mental Health Ontario are teaming up to host a twitter discussion about mental health starting at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.
Join CMHA Ontario, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), and Health Nexus for a free training webinar on how to use the MOHLTC Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) tool in community mental health. The session will take place on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 from 10 a.m. to noon.
On Thursday, May 1, 2014, the Ontario Government will release the 2014-2015 Provincial Budget. CMHA Ontario will be monitoring the Budget process with a special focus on the government’s response to our pre-Budget submission which included a number of specific recommendations in support of mental health and addiction services in Ontario.
The Ontario Human Rights Commission has released its Policy on Preventing Discrimination Because of Gender Identify and Gender Expression. The policy is the culmination of many years of work by many committed individuals and organizations. A major milestone along the way was the 2012 enactment of Toby’s Act, which included “gender identity” and “gender expression” as protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code.
The news of 20-year-old Ontario Hockey League player Terry Trafford’s death rippled across Canada last month, receiving nationwide attention from sports media, The Globe and Mail, and Don Cherry on CBC Hockey Night In Canada’s Coach’s Corner. Now, members of the Toronto community that Trafford grew up in have banded together to host an event in honour of his life.
Women who have alcohol and drug use problems and their children often need a lot of support from different programs and services. And yet it can be difficult to know where to go to find these services. Service providers and organizations can give referrals and information and even help plan services, but only when they are aware of the other agencies and have relationships with them.