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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 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.

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.