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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 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.

November 7, 2013 Movember is also about mental health

movember_logo1It’s that time of year again: Movember. The campaign kicked off Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 and is educating people worldwide about men’s health. What many people may not realize is that Movember also focuses on men’s mental health as well.

November 7, 2013 Request for info: Share promising practices related to immigrant or racialized women’s health

The Immigrant and Racialized Women’s Health Project (IRWHP) is looking to feature video clips of promising practices or evidence-based initiatives related to immigrant or racialized women’s health on their website.  Specifically, the project team is looking for practices related to mental health, maternal health, health promotion, or chronic disease prevention and management.

November 7, 2013 Survey Request: Psychotherapy Research Priorities

The Psychotherapy Practice Research Network (PPRNet) has launched a Research Priorities Survey in an effort to rank psychotherapy research priorities.

November 7, 2013 Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research: Call for abstracts

cahspr logoThe Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) is now accepting online submissions of abstracts for presentations that will be made during its annual conference.

The theme for this year’s conference will be “Convergence of Health Policy and Evidence Bridge Over Troubled Water.” However, participants’ presentations don’t have to reflect this theme.

October 24, 2013 CMHA 2013 National Conference Highlights

On Oct 17 and 18, 2013, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) held its annual national conference. Hosted by CMHA Ottawa, the conference focused on addressing the social determinants of mental health and addictions, in recognition of the fact that a person’s mental health is influenced by a range of factors. These factors, referred to as the social determinants of health, include life experiences, workplace or other environments, housing, Income and other socio-economic conditions.

October 24, 2013 CMHA Ontario Welcomes New Director of Policy and Planning

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario is pleased to announce that Uppala Chandrasekera has joined the organization as Director of Policy and Planning.