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Mental Health Notes


A free biweekly newsletter published by CMHA Ontario, featuring mental health news and events.


To submit news for Mental Health Notes, send complete details to 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.

April 9, 2015 Canada’s low-risk alcohol drinking guidelines among post-secondary students

StudentsBingeDrinkingIn 2013, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) released Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines to help Canadians moderate their alcohol consumption and reduce their immediate and long-term alcohol-related harms.

April 9, 2015 Promoting mental health awareness and support for international students

CICMH Webinar Title SlideOn March 25, 2015, a webinar was held titled, “Speaking your language: Promoting mental health awareness and support for international students and those new to Canada.”

April 9, 2015 Bill to establish a Canadian Commission on Mental Health and Justice will not go to Senate

Late in 2013, Bill S-208, an Act to establish the Canadian Commission on Mental Health and Justice was introduced and received first reading in the Senate. The bill was then sent to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology in March 2015.

April 9, 2015 CBC Radio’s the Current examines media coverage of mental health issues

On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, the popular CBC radio program, the Current, took a closer look at the role of the media and how journalists report on mental illness and mental health.

April 9, 2015 Going ‘glo-cal’: Global lessons for local benefit

Screenshot from going glocal websiteThe Global Mental Health group from the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry and the Office of Transformative Global Health from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health are organizing a global mental health conference to take place in Toronto from May 6-8, 2015 to look at the theme of lessons in global mental health initiatives for local benefit.

March 26, 2015 CMHAs on receiving end of funding promised in Ontario’s mental health strategy

Local Health Integration Networks have been busy engaging with branches of the Canadian Mental Health Association in recent weeks to announce government funding earmarked in Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.

March 26, 2015 That’s a wrap! CMHA Ontario’s training reaches 5,000 child & youth service providers

Working with Children and Youth with Complex Mental Health Needs Report CardAfter delivering a variety of successful trainings over the last six months, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Ontario’s Working for Children and Youth with Complex Mental Health Needs has come to an end. The project helped direct service providers enhance skills in key areas of targeted prevention, brief services, family skill building and supporting the capacity to practice within a health equity lens.

March 26, 2015 COI Think Tank examines potential of OCAN for racialized populations

From left to right – Deqa Farah, Mahad Ali and Helen Gottfried-UnRuh. Image courtesy of EENet on Twitter.

The Community of Interest (COI) for Racialized Populations and Mental Health and Addictions held a think tank this week to explore the potential of the Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) to advance health equity. The event brought together close to 80 participants from across Ontario, including representatives from hospitals, community-based mental health and addictions agencies, research institutes, and people with lived experience of mental health and/or addictions issues and racialization.

March 26, 2015 CMHA Durham, Oshawa Generals and the OHL continue to team up to score on and off the ice
Talk Today program announced on Jumbotron

Talk Today program announced on Jumbotron

There were two successful developments recently as part of the ongoing Talk Today initiative of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario and the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).


March 26, 2015 There’s still space at next week’s Mood Walks Summit

Mood WalksCanadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Ontario is proud to present the Mood Walks summit, a one-day knowledge exchange and networking event on March 31, 2015 to share exciting developments in the Mood Walks program.