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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 25, 2014 CMHA Blogs for Qualaxia: Listening to Lived Experience

In her most recent blog for Qualaxia, a national mental health network, CMHA Ontario policy analyst Sheela Subramanian writes about the value of listening to people with lived experience of mental health issues when tackling complex policy problems.  The blog explores how lived experience enhanced the work of one partnership.

September 25, 2014 CMHA Sudbury-Manitoulin celebrates 30 years

The Canadian Mental Health Association Sudbury-Manitoulin Branch has a big reason to celebrate this year. Tuesday September 9, 2014 marked the organization’s 30th year serving individuals and their families in Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin.

September 25, 2014 Ending homelessness: A long-term goal of Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy

Realizing our Potential ImageAs long-time advocates for increases to supportive housing, CMHA Ontario is pleased to see improved housing and ending homelessness as central long-term goals of Ontario’s new Poverty Reduction Strategy, Realizing Our Potential.

September 25, 2014 New report on housing wait lists paints a stark picture for Ontario

Housing Waiting List - Infograpahic 1The numbers are in. According to the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association’s (ONPHA) latest report, the province needs 68 per cent more social housing units. This is the increase that would be required to house all of the Ontario households currently waiting for rent-geared-to-income (RGI) units. This is a 4.2 per cent increase over last year.

 

September 25, 2014 CMHA Ontario’s support for post-secondary students aligns with provincial directions

Student Mental HealthAs post-secondary students get into the swing of classes and extracurricular activities, academic, financial and personal challenges can contribute to significant stress, anxiety and depression. A few students may even contemplate suicide, which is the second most common cause of death for individuals aged 18 to 24.

September 25, 2014 Illicit drug use and problem gambling: The evidence on these co-addictions

Problem gambling and substance use disorders are serious public health concerns. The link between the two hasn’t been well studied, and most of the information has been on individuals who received treatment.

September 25, 2014 Going Tobacco-Free: A Look at the Evidence

Research shows that tobacco-free hospitals have a number of health and safety benefits for patients. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) recently went tobacco-free, part of a growing trend in health care centres across Canada.

September 25, 2014 MHCC releases report on police education and training

TEMPO REPORT COVERThe Mental Health Commission (MHCC) has released TEMPO: Police Interactions – A report towards improving interactions between police and people living with mental health problems.

September 25, 2014 Balancing Individual Safety, Community Safety and Life Quality conference report now available

MHCC conference report coverCMHA Ontario staff attended the first-of-its-kind national two-day conference in March 2014, co-hosted by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC).

 

September 25, 2014 CMHA Ontario kicks off Mental Illness Awareness Week with Twitter chat

Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is an annual national public education campaign designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness. The week was established in 1992 by the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and is now coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) in cooperation with all its member organizations and many other supporters across Canada.