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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 26, 2013 CMHA Ontario and community partners launch online integration resource

integration resources websiteCMHA Ontario is pleased to announce a new online resource that will help community health organizations survive and thrive in the world of integration pressures and opportunities. Officially launched today, Integration Resources brings you up-to-date information on principles and practices that make or break integration initiatives.  You can find research and case studies on the whole spectrum of integration, from informal coordination to mergers or amalgamations. All the relevant government directives related to integration, including federal statutes that guarantee linguistic and health care rights, are also included. To help you address the personal and organizational challenges of integration, the site also includes tools such as readiness surveys and checklists. We also welcome you to upload relevant and useful materials to Integration Resources so that others can learn from your experiences.

September 26, 2013 Mental health advocate shares inspirational story about struggle with suicide

mark-henickMark Henick, a case manager from CMHA Toronto, earned the opportunity to share his story and views about suicide at the TEDxToronto Conference on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013.

September 26, 2013 Workplace mental health on the agenda at Queen's Park

A new private member’s bill is calling on the provincial government to endorse the new National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.

September 26, 2013 Announcing Communities of Interest: Year Two!

Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) is delighted to announce the second year of its Communities of Interest (CoIs) initiative.

September 26, 2013 Research Snapshot: What affects staff members’ interest in participating in the dissemination of EBPs?

While there is a growing number of ways to prevent and treat substance use issues, it can take a long time for these approaches to make their way into agencies. In particular, there is a need to develop more effective ways to implement evidence-based practices (EBPs). A key part of this consists of getting people in the field to engage in professional development on EBP initiatives.

September 26, 2013 Research Report Round-up: Economic Impact of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Disorder

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) have serious public health, social, and economic impacts. Individuals with FASD often have health issues and special needs that require ongoing support. When support is not available, they may face challenges related to mental and physical health, addiction, education, employment, and involvement with the justice system. These challenges have a heavy impact both on the individual and society.

September 26, 2013 CMHA Ontario’s response to a Call for Action: refocusing health care reform in Canada

hcc-report-coverCMHA Ontario supports the view that provinces and territories are co-owners of a national healthcare system, with a shared responsibility to meet the needs of Canadians, as outlined in the Health Council of Canada’s new report on health care reform.

September 26, 2013 Organizations promote mental health throughout October

You may be hearing even more news about  mental health in the month of October. That’s because:

  • The entire month is deemed Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month (with a focus on mental health)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 1st through to Sunday, Oct. 6 is Mental Illness Awareness Week
  • Thursday, Oct. 10th is World Mental Health Day
September 26, 2013 UK report warns mental health services require preparation as needs increase

Starting Today CoverA new report by the Mental Health Foundation warns that the current UK health system will soon be unable to cope with the growing number of people with a mental health condition.

September 26, 2013 Ensure psychological safety in your organization by attending a Mental Health Works workshop

Issues around mental health and mental illness can be complex, particularly when workplace stressors become a factor. Canada’s first national standard on psychological health and safety in the workplace was announced in January and provides organizations with guidelines on preventing mental injury, reducing psychological risk, and promoting a mentally healthier workplace. To help address these issues, the Canadian Mental Health Association’s award-winning Mental Health Works program is offering two workshops for supervisors, managers, and human resources professionals to learn strategies on creating supportive workplace and implement positive change toward improved psychological health and safety in your organization.