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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.

December 18, 2014 Dispelling mental health stigma in British schools: Time to Talk Day

Time to talk

Nearly nine out of ten people who experience a mental health issue say they face stigma and discrimination as a result, according to Time to Change, an anti-stigma campaign run by leading mental health charities in England. To address this issue, Time to Change is hosting its second edition of Time to Talk Day on February 5, 2015. The initiative aims to get teachers, students and parents talking about mental health in order to reduce stigma in British schools.

December 18, 2014 Innovative approaches to improve mental health accessibility

Trauma Dog

When asked what the term “accessibility” brings to mind, many people think of wheelchair ramps, wide doors, parking spaces or accessible bathrooms. Yet, for individuals with mental health conditions, accessibility can have a whole different meaning. These individuals face accessibility challenges in many areas of their lives such as education, employment, and housing.

December 4, 2014 CMHA Ontario applauds province’s decision to table legislation on police checks

The Government of Ontario has promised to pursue legislative change to ensure that non-conviction information is not disclosed on police record checks. Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario applauds this decision and looks forward to legislative developments in the New Year.

December 4, 2014 CMHA Oxford shares tips on coping with the winter blues

As winter sets in across the country, some Canadians may notice a significant difference in mood. Known as the “winter blues,” this seasonal shift in mood and energy affects one in five Canadians. The winter blues differs from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, which affects about two percent of the population and is a serious form of depression.

December 4, 2014 Is Ontario’s Health System Measuring Up? Health Quality Ontario takes stock

Measuring Up_ImageHealth Quality Ontario’s (HQO) new report, Measuring Up, suggests    Ontarians are living longer and feeling better than ever about their health but, that many have unhealthy lifestyles. For example, 45 percent of Ontarians are inactive and almost 18 percent are considered obese.

December 4, 2014 Links between FASD and justice system explored in provincial HSJCC webinar
  • Youth with FASD are 19 times more likely than non-affected peers to be incarcerated
  • Adults with FASD are 28 times more likely to be incarcerated

People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) are more likely than their non-affected peers to come into contact with the justice system. Sheila Burns and Cheryl Neave from the FASD Ontario Network of Expertise (FASD ONE) explained why in a recent webinar hosted by the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC), with the support of the Evidence Exchange Network (EENet).

December 4, 2014 Improved community transportation could improve the mental health of older adults

happy seniorsTransportation barriers prevent many people from accessing essential goods, services and supports in their community. This is especially true for individuals with low-income, living in rural and remote areas, and lacking access to a vehicle. Populations that experience greater transportation challenges include youth, seniors, persons with disabilities and newcomers to Canada. In an effort to address this issue, the Ontario government has announced a grant-based Community Transportation Pilot Grant Program. The government states its aim is to improve transportation services for those who need it, providing funds for partnerships between municipalities and community organizations,

December 4, 2014 Primary care reform and service use by people with serious mental illness

Image of Healthcare Policy CoverHealthcare Policy has published a new study that looks at service-use by adults with serious mental illness who have been rostered in three primary care models: enhanced fee-for-service; blended-“capitation;” and, team-based “capitation” with and without mental health workers in Ontario.

December 4, 2014 What do health care practitioners know about alcohol-related harms?

EENet Research SnapshotExcessive alcohol use is a key public health threat that causes many health, social, and financial burdens both to the individual and society. Yet alcohol use and sales are on the increase.

December 4, 2014 How are racialized populations in Ontario with mental health or addictions issues using the emergency department?

Image of Wrap Around program logoAdolescents who are removed from their homes and communities often have poor mental and physical health, and do poorly at school. To prevent these problems, Oolagen, a not-for-profit children’s mental health agency, works with other child and youth mental health centres and child welfare agencies to put the Keeping Families Together program in place.