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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.

July 8, 2016 LAO launches mental health training for its criminal lawyers

On July 7, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) launched its new mental health training for about 25 selected representatives from across the province who will act as regional mental health leads in their respective criminal courts.

July 5, 2016 Information for those receiving assistance in the event of a postal strike

mailIn case of a potential postal disruption at Canada Post, the Ministry of Community and Social Services has advised recipients of Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) or Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD), that there are contingency plans in place to minimize any disruption in receiving payments and benefits by mail.

June 30, 2016 Steve Lurie, tireless mental health advocate, appointed to Order of Canada

Steve LurieCanadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario would like to congratulate Steve Lurie, Executive Director of the CMHA Toronto Branch, on his appointment as a Member of the Order of Canada.


June 30, 2016 CMHA celebrates anniversary with new video

It’s been 64 years since the Ontario Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association received its provincial charter. Since then, CMHA Ontario has worked tirelessly to bring attention to community mental health concerns across the province.

June 30, 2016 CMHA approves of Ombudsman stance for more police de-escalation

CMHA Ontario is pleased with the 22 recommendations released by provincial Ombudsman about the importance of police using de-escalation techniques in conflict situations.

June 28, 2016 CMHA Elgin County fresh food initiative gets plenty of attention

Salt Creek Farm Market, the largest social enterprise of the CMHA Elgin County, has been in the news lately.

June 23, 2016 Profiles in Diversity Journal recognizes Canadian Mental Health Association, York and South Simcoe’s Rebecca Shields
Rebecca Shields, CEO of CMHA York and South Simcoe

Rebecca Shields, CEO of CMHA York and South Simcoe

Rebecca Shields, chief executive officer, Canadian Mental Health Association York and South Simcoe, has been identified as an outstanding executive and named among the winners of Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 15th annual Women Worth Watching awards.

June 23, 2016 Medical Assistance in Dying Legislation Passed

After a tense few weeks, Bill C-14 has passed and received Royal Assent in the House of Commons on June 17.

June 22, 2016 Social Infrastructure Spending Increases

onphaA June 21 decision by the provincial and federal governments to invest $640 million over the next two years in affordable housing could help address a major concern in Ontario.

June 16, 2016 Ontario’s Cabinet Shuffle changes key portfolios

The provincial government announced it is revamping its housing, children and correctional services portfolios as part of a June 13 cabinet shuffle.