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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.

September 12, 2013 Ontario's bail system and its impact on people with mental health and addictions issues

Reasonable Bail coverThe John Howard Society’s Centre of Research, Policy & Program Development has released a report entitled, Reasonable Bail?, which outlines recommendations for change to Ontario’s bail system.

September 12, 2013 Government announces review of Ontario’s accessibility laws

The Government of Ontario has appointed Mayo Moran, Dean of the University of Toronto law school, to lead a review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

September 12, 2013 Ontario Human Rights Commissions releases annual report

OHRC Annual Report coverThe Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has released its 2012-13 annual report titled, Rights, Partners, Action. The report covers highlights of the OHRC’s past year of work, including:

  • The release of Minds that Matter, a consultation report about human rights, addictions and mental health
  • Focused work on human rights and housing
  • Efforts to address competing human rights
  • Ongoing activities to identify and eliminate discrimination on the basis of race
  • And public education efforts including Working Together, a video about the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The video is now required viewing for all Ontario Public Service Employees.
September 12, 2013 The OHRC wants public feedback about human rights, creed and religion

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) wants public feedback to support a review of the policy on human rights and creed or religion.  Public feedback is requested via the OHRC’s Human Rights and Creed Survey.

September 12, 2013 Research Snapshot: factors that affect youth hospitalizations for mental health problems

Inpatient hospitalization is one of the most expensive types of treatment for youth living with mental health problems. As a result, it’s important to understand what affects how long youth stay in hospital for mental health problems once they’re hospitalized and how often they’re readmitted to hospital for mental health issues.

September 12, 2013 Research Report round-up: two unique strategies help people with mental health or substance use issues find jobs

Houselink_Community_Homes_Logo_300pxHouselink Community Homes combines work, supportive housing and inclusive community, to promote and help people recover from mental illness and addiction. This report describes strategies that can help people living with mental health and substance use issues find work. These strategies involve supporting members in their search for jobs and having employees share their lived experiences.

September 12, 2013 Outside our borders: EENet contributes to Qualaxia

Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) is delighted to announce a new dedicated space on the Qualaxia website, focused on mental health policy in Ontario. The space will feature blogs, tools, links, and resources that make knowledge on this topic more accessible.

September 12, 2013 StatsCan to release new information about Canadians’ mental health and access to services

Statistics Canada On September 18, Statistics Canada (StatsCan) will release new data about mental health in Canada.  This release comes from StatsCan’s first major survey of Canadians’ mental health in more than 10 years.

September 12, 2013 World Suicide Prevention Day encourages hope and resiliency

WorldSuicidePreventionDay_imageActivists, researchers, clinicians, and policy makers came together on September 10 for World Suicide Prevention Day, calling attention to the growing prevalence of suicidal behaviour around the world.

September 12, 2013 Call for papers: preventing suicide in cultural and ethnic minority groups

The guest editors of Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care are seeking manuscript submissions for a 2014 special issue on Preventing Suicide in Cultural and Ethnic Minority Groups.