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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.

October 10, 2013 Mental Health Series Project supported by Yahoo Canada

The Mental Health Series project, a partnership between CMHA Ontario and Motion Picture Enterprises, received significant web exposure over the past two months thanks to Yahoo Canada.

October 10, 2013 Mental Health Screening for Ontario Inmates

In a landmark human rights case, Christina Jahn, a woman with mental health issues, has received a settlement from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS).

October 10, 2013 Ontario launches new phone line to help college, university students

good2talklogoThe Government of Ontario has introduced a new telephone help line for college and university students as part of its Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.

October 10, 2013 Ontario's Youth Suicide Prevention Plan

rightbyyouIn Ontario, 10 percent of students had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year and three percent reported a suicide attempt. Suicide is five to seven times higher for First Nations and Inuit than non-Aboriginal youth.

October 10, 2013 Research Snapshot: What affects whether people with intellectual disability who come into contact with the police get arrested?

When individuals with intellectual disability come in contact with police because of a crisis, a number of things can happen. They can be arrested, taken to an emergency room, or have the issue resolved on the spot.

October 10, 2013 Research Report Round-up: How to make services more inclusive of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit families

The importance of inclusion in services for families has gained increasing attention over the past 40 years. What does it mean to be “inclusive” and how can you ensure that practices, programs, and policies are more inclusive of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit families?

October 10, 2013 Improved mental health services on the agenda at health ministers meeting

Ontario hosted the annual meeting of provincial and territorial health and wellness ministers this month, with the group addressing mental health in Canada in its final communique.

October 10, 2013 Campaign to save data on welfare incomes in Canada nearing a close

The Caledon Institute of Social Policy, a Canadian social policy think tank, is nearing its crowdfunding goal of raising $20,000 to continue to collect data once gathered by the National Council on Welfare  (NCW). As of Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, the Caledon Institute has raised more than $17,000.

October 10, 2013 New tool to improve collection of socio-demographic data

The Colour of Poverty has released a tool that can be used within the health system to improve collection of socio-demographic data. The tool provides users with sample questions about a range of socio-demographic factors, including gender, sexual orientation, language, race, religion and other factors.

October 10, 2013 New films link insecure employment and poor health

Two new evidence-based films from Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services explore the links between insecure employment and poor health.