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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.

January 15, 2015 #CHHSLetsTalk campaign uses social media to fight stigma

A small grassroots movement launched at a Calgary high school has now reached a global audience and raised thousands of dollars for mental health.

January 15, 2015 Solutions to homelessness: Evaluating what works and for whom

Image of Homeless Hub PyramidThe Canadian Homelessness Research Network (CHRN) has developed a framework that can help both funders and providers determine what works, why, and for whom it works as they implement various solutions to end homelessness. The framework has two parts and is entitled What Works and for Whom? A Hierarchy of Evidence for Promising Practices Research.

January 15, 2015 Celebrate Hot Tea month with a cup for your mental health

Image of tea being pouredJanuary is Hot Tea Month in Canada! Canadians drink almost 10 million cups of tea each year, and in the midst of the frosty winter weather, the hot beverage is a great way for tea lovers to drink their way to good health.

January 15, 2015 Canadian organization delivering alternative treatment for mood disorders in Philippines

With a grant from the Canadian Government’s Grand Challenges Canada (GCC), the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto is delivering alternative mental health care treatments to Filipino children with mood disorders.

 

December 23, 2014 CMHA Thunder Bay Branch appoints new CEO

The Board of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Thunder Bay Branch is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Sharon Pitawanakwat as the incoming Chief Executive Officer.

December 18, 2014 Big changes afoot for ODSP employment benefits in 2015

ODSP imageAs we get ready to ring in the new year, the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) is gearing up for some changes that will have a significant impact on the income levels of OSDP recipients. First announced in the 2014 Budget, the Ontario Government plans to eliminate three existing employment benefits for recipients of ODSP and create a new “Employment-Related Benefit” (ERB) program beginning April 1, 2015.

December 18, 2014 Registration open for CMHA Ontario’s free Brief Services course

Complex Needs Brief Services Course flyerCanadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the free online course called “Brief Services – Foundational Principles and Therapeutic Approaches.” The course will be available to registered participants in late January 2015.

December 18, 2014 Taking the Pulse of Ontario's Mental Health on TVO’s The Agenda

the Agenda screenshotA recent episode of TVO’s The Agenda offered a detailed look at the progress of Ontario’s mental health strategy, launched in 2011 to transform the province’s mental health system, and explored the strategy’s next steps which were recently announced by the government.

 

December 18, 2014 CMHA Ontario’s Minding Our Bodies program featured in B.C. magazine

Visions Magazine coverIn the most recent edition of Visions, BC’s quarterly magazine on mental health and addictions, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario Director of Knowledge Transfer, Scott Mitchell, writes about the Minding Our Bodies initiative and how it has sparked other mental health projects at the local and provincial levels.

December 18, 2014 OCAN tool stakeholder focus group

Do you belong to a visible minority? Have you experienced a mental health concern? Have you filled out the Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) tool in the past 6 months?