Mental Health Notes
The Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Alliance is a coalition of nine organizations, including CMHA Ontario, from across the continuum of care – from community to hospital services, including consumer and family organizations. The goal of the Alliance is to ensure that mental health and addictions are a priority during the 2014 provincial election campaign.
Mental health-related wait times and emergency department (ED) use were topics that CMHA Ontario addressed during two presentations at Addictions and Mental Health Ontario’s annual conference which took place from May 25-27, 2014.
For individuals who are doubly marginalized as racialized individuals and individuals with mental health issues, increasing access to quality primary care plays a significant role in improving health outcomes and reducing visits to the emergency department.
CMHA Niagara and more than 65 other organizations committed to mental health services and mental wellness promotion have created the Niagara Mental Health and Addictions Charter, a first for the region and possibly for Ontario.
In our second blog for Qualaxia, a national mental health network, CMHA Ontario shares its experience of working collaboratively to build a community of interest that would improve mental health policy, planning and service delivery.
In anticipation of the provincial election on June 12, 2014, CMHA Ontario recently participated in a special online discussion on improving Ontario’s health. Moderated by Health Nexus and produced in partnership with Health Promotion Ontario and the Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (OCDPA), the discussion explored the various ways that each political party can make Ontario a healthy society.
With the Ontario Provincial vote seven days away (June 12, 2014), CMHA Ontario would like to remind people that eligible community health organizations can help homeless voters cast a ballot.
The Centre for Research on Inner City Health has released a report, Un/Helpful Help and Its Discontents: Peer Researchers Paying Attention to Street Life Narratives to Inform Social Work Policy and Practice, which examines services from the perspective of the people who use them.
Imagery can be a powerful healing agent. Meditation can guide people to think about images that evoke positive feelings, achieve mental stillness, and release tension in the body. Research supports the therapeutic use of guided imagery, which is available outside of clinical environments, through fitness, yoga and relaxation programs.
“We really wanted to make early intervention better for all youth,” says Lisa Jeffs, project manager of the Youth Wellness Centre in Hamilton. “We recognized that we were offering a Cadillac model for early psychosis, but when it came to youth with first episode mood, anxiety or addictions issues, those teens faced long waits to access assessment and treatment.”