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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.

March 12, 2015 BC has most hospitalizations due to mental health issues

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) has released its annual report Inpatient Hospitalizations, Surgeries and Childbirth Indicators. According to the report, mental health and addictions conditions, such as mood disorders, schizophrenia and other delusional disorders, were among the most common causes for hospitalization nationally and across all provinces and territories except in Nova Scotia and Manitoba.

March 12, 2015 An issue of growing concern: homelessness in Canada's North

Northern Voices on HomelessnessHomelessness in our northern communities is a relatively recent phenomenon, emerging as a much more visible issue since the 1990s. Last week, a panel of experts in homelessness research, policy, advocacy, and social services convened at the Northern Voices on Homelessness forum in Anchorage, Alaska to try to understand what it means to be homeless in the north, why homelessness is on the rise and to exchange ideas on solutions.

March 12, 2015 Registration now open for Trauma and Resiliency Conference

Registration is now open for Trauma & Resiliency: A Healing Journey, a conference hosted by the Simcoe Muskoka Human Services and Justice Coordination Committee. This special one day training event will be held on May 14, 2015 and offers frontline service providers the opportunity to learn about leading practices for supporting individuals in the criminal justice system.

March 12, 2015 Seminar series highlights coping strategies for parents

- Screenshot of Ann Douglas_Seminar DescriptionWhile parenting can be a challenge on the best of days, being a parent to a child struggling with mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural issues can seem overwhelming at times. To help, on March 25, 2015, award-winning author and journalist Ann Douglas will share Strengthened by the Storm, a presentation of strategies for parents of children struggling with mental health and behavioural challenges.

March 6, 2015 International Women’s Day highlights unique experiences of women

On Sunday, March 8, 2015, individuals and organizations throughout the world celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD), an annual event held to mark the social, economic and political achievements of women. Each year, women share personal stories and celebrate achievements with special events and campaigns.

February 26, 2015 Living Life to the Full lowers depression and anxiety

LLTTF-Social-MediaLiving Life to the Full is an eight-week mental health promotion course based on cognitive behaviour therapy principles. With funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Healthy Communities Fund, CMHA Ontario has just wrapped up a scientific research study to evaluate the effectiveness of the course as a way to enhance mental well-being in older adults.

February 26, 2015 CMHA’s Talk Today initiative with Ontario Hockey League maintains momentum

north bay pic 1Talk Today, the mental health support program developed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario Division for the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), continues to make waves with fans in arenas across the province.

February 26, 2015 CMHA Thunder Bay Celebrates 40 years of service

CMHA 40 YearCanadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Thunder Bay Branch is celebrating 40 years of serving its community. Officially chartered as a branch of CMHA National in 1975, the Thunder Bay Branch has been through many changes including expansion to the number of programs offered, increases in staffing levels and renewed approaches to services.

February 26, 2015 The power of the Ontario Common Assessment of Need: A think tank

Think Tank imageService providers and managers of organizations that use the Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) as well as policy makers, administrators, planners and individuals from racialized communities are invited to attend an upcoming think tank about the potential of the OCAN to advance health equity.

February 26, 2015 Exploring Senior Leadership in CMHA-Cochrane-Timiskaming

SClark MacFarlane has over 20 years of experience in the health care sector, and is currently the executive director of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Cochrane-Timiskaming Branch, in northern Ontario.