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