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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.

March 26, 2015 Knowledge Translation in Mental Health and Addictions Conference

The Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, in partnership with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, is hosting the third annual Knowledge Translation in Mental Health and Addictions Conference, June 17-19, 2015.

March 12, 2015 You’re invited to the Mental Wellness and the Green Lift: Mood Walks Summit


Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Ontario’s Mood Walks program presents a one-day knowledge exchange and networking summit on March 31, 2015 to share the exciting strides taken in its pilot year to create a province-wide program of greenspace walking groups for people living with mental health challenges. The summit will enable dialogue among its community of practice, and map new partnership paths that support mental wellness through the “green lift” of nature-related programs.

March 12, 2015 Minor sports coaches trained in Mental Health First Aid for youth

More than 40 coaches and trainers involved with minor sports organizations in the Greater Toronto Area are better equipped to address mental health issues among their players, thanks to a new training program offered by Canadian Mental Health Association, York and South Simcoe Branch.

March 12, 2015 One year after tragedy struck the hockey world, some positives emerge

Friends of Terry Trafford spoke to the Toronto Sun and QMI media chain recently to commemorate the one year-anniversary of the young man’s death.

March 12, 2015 Turn off the screens. Turn up the play.

Are your kids getting more screen time than playtime? Now that electronics are only ever a fingers reach away, the typical Canadian kid spends an average of seven hours and 48 minutes a day in front of television, video games, smartphones and computer screens.

March 12, 2015 Mental health on the mind: CMHA Middlesex partners for Year of the Brain 2015

brain-fair-posterNext month, the London Children’s Museum is hosting Brain Fair 2015, a free public event to celebrate the brain with expert speakers, art, games, brain food, door prizes and more. The fair is for healthcare professionals, caregivers, those affected by brain disorders and anyone interested in brain health. The fair will focus on several topics including:

  • How the brain works
  • Keeping your brain strong and healthy
  • Illnesses, disorders and conditions that affect the brain
  • Services available to those diagnosed or living with a brain condition
  • Support services available to family and caregivers
March 12, 2015 Social innovation for family justice and mental health sectors

Around the world social innovation labs are gaining popularity as an effective method to create systems change. This methodology involves convening diverse stakeholders together to develop, test and scale new solutions to complex social and service problems. They employ methods typically used in the technology sector to create products such as smartphones.

March 12, 2015 Children and youth have worse mental health outcomes in Northern Ontario: report

Screen Shot of Report CoverA new report called Mental Health of Children and Youth in Ontario: A Baseline Scorecard suggests that children and youth in northern Ontario have worse mental health outcomes than in the rest of the province.


March 12, 2015 Psychiatric Survivors Network offers Warmline services

PSNE LogoRecently, two outreach peer support workers from the Psychiatric Survivors Network of Elgin (PSNE) paid a visit to Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario to spread the word about the great work they are doing in their community. The PSNE is a consumer-survivor initiative in Elgin County, Ontario. The organization is dedicated to facilitating mental health education and acts as a liaison to reduce stigma for individuals with lived experience of mental health issues.

March 12, 2015 How are youth in Canada using e-cigarettes?

E-cigaretteE-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular due to the marketing of their health benefits over regular cigarettes. E-cigarettes are commonly marketed and sold over the Internet. This is an important factor to consider because youth generally spend more time online than older generations. Therefore, the potential impact on youth of the availability of e-cigarettes on the internet is worth examining.