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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.

March 26, 2015 Accelerated ODSP medical reviews could cause hardship for marginalized individuals

 The Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) intends to accelerate the process of medical reviews1 for a large section of people on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). Starting April 1, 2015, medical reviews will go out to up to 1,900 randomly selected people on ODSP. Currently, only 600 cases per month are reviewed so, this plan will significantly intensify the process.

March 26, 2015 Community Safety Minister highlights “Situation Table Model” as best practice

 Earlier this month, Yasir Naqvi, the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, addressed the attendees at the second Summit on the Economics of Policing and Community Safety. In his speech, the Naqvi spoke about the need to change the way we do policing and move towards a community-centered focus. He went on to highlight the province’s community situation tables as a model that is working.

March 26, 2015 Ontario’s home care system needs a “system-wide culture shift”: report

 The current home care system in Ontario “fails to meet the needs of clients and families.” This is according to a new report released earlier this month by a group of experts commissioned by the Ontario government. Bringing Care Home, contains 16 recommendations to improve the patient experience, promote equal access to services in communities across the province, and identify innovative opportunities to support a sustainable and accountable health care system.

March 26, 2015 Parent Action on Drugs: Strengthening families for parents and youth

SFPY:  Strengthening Families for Parents and YouthHow do you convince a teenager to participate in a program with his or her parents? And how do you convince parents to participate in a skills-building program with their teenage children?

March 26, 2015 Understanding data: Where do the numbers on mental health and addictions numbers come from?

On March 18, 2015, the CAMH’s Provincial System Support Program hosted a webinar titled, “How Do We Measure Mental Health and Addictions at a Population Level?”Webinar Screenshot

March 26, 2015 The 2014 Ontario Child Health Study is here!

 You’ve probably heard – 1 in 5 Ontario children/youth have a mental health issue.

Is that number still true? We don’t know. That number came from the last Ontario Child Health Study, conducted in 1983. Thirty years ago the world was a very different place.

March 26, 2015 Landmark study dispels ‘not criminally responsible’ myths

According to the National Trajectory Project, a landmark study published in the March 2015 edition of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, less than one-tenth of Canadians found not criminally responsible (NCR) on account of a mental disorder commit a serious violent crime. Moreover, 72 percent of NCR individuals have at least one psychiatric hospitalization before their offence and less than one percent re-commit a serious violent crime once released back into the community.

March 26, 2015 Statistics Canada Releases More Data on Canadians with Disabilities

In March, Statistics Canada released more data from the 2012 Canadian Survey on Disability (CSD). Data from the CSD is used to present a profile of Canadian adults whose daily activities are limited because of a long-term condition or health-related problem. The new data points to significant labour and income disparities faced by those with disabilities.

March 26, 2015 England’s child mental health services face overhaul

 Mental health services for children and youth in England need a “complete overhaul,” according to a government task force. The task force has released Future in Mind, a report that highlights rising wait times and a lack of age-appropriate hospital services. More specifically, the report found a sharp increase in the number of youth under the age of 18 with mental health problems who are being treated in adult psychiatric wards. In addition, it found that fewer than 35 percent of young people with mental health issues are getting the help they need.

March 26, 2015 Celebrate “Purple Day” and help raise awareness about epilepsy

50 Million people have epilepsy worldwide.  It is estimated that 1 in 100 people have epilepsy.  In 50% of cases the cause is unknown.Today is Purple Day, an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. Every year on March 26, people in countries around the world are invited to wear purple and host events in support of epilepsy awareness.