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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.

November 21, 2013 Police asking for further deployment of tasers after provincial announcement

Several of Ontario’s largest police services are making use of increased decision-making power handed down by the province over the summer when it comes to the availability of conductive energy weapons (CEWs) for front-line officers. In late August, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services announced that police services will be allowed to decide which of its officers can carry CEWs. Since then, several police services, including in Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa have proposed expanded use of CEWs.

November 21, 2013 Beware of door-to-door scheme

warning signCMHA Ontario is warning residents in two Ontario communities after it has become aware of a person or persons in the Toronto and Hamilton areas that are using fake door-to-door fundraising schemes.

November 21, 2013 Building a Better School Environment for Youth with Mental Health and Addiction Issues

Building a Better  School Environment for  Youth with Mental Health  and Addiction IssuesA new report from Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) released Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 makes key recommendations to improve how Ontario schools can support youth with mental health and addictions issues. Spearheaded by CMHO’s Youth Action Committee, Building a Better School Environment for Youth with Mental Health and Addiction Issues identified the need for:

  • Improved communication between students and educators
  • A greater level of mental health education
  • Increased resources to ensure more young people seek help, such as designated safe spaces.
November 21, 2013 Study: adults with developmental disabilities face more health problems but are less likely to get care

AtlasReportCoverNew information about how people with developmental disabilities in Ontario need and use health services is now available. A summary version of the Atlas on the Primary Care of Adults with Developmental Disabilities in Ontario is now available from the Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences.  While the full version of the resource will be available in December, the summary provides a wealth of information.

November 21, 2013 Health sector reps gather to talk Quality Improvement

Health Quality Transformation 2013Health Quality Ontario’s 2013 annual conference brought together people from all sectors of the health system to exchange ideas and work together toward the common goal of more integrated, high quality care for Ontarians. Titled Health Quality Transformation 2013, HQO’s second annual conference for health system providers, partners and leaders took place in Toronto on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.

November 21, 2013 University helps police with mental health training

header_UOITlogoThe University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa, Ontario has unveiled new simulation videos to  help front-line police officers recognize possible indicators of mental illness.

November 21, 2013 Realizing the Potential of HEIA: Lessons Learned Event

heia_bannerConducting a Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) is not as hard as it seems; it is doable and beneficial.  To learn more, participate in the online livestream of the Realizing the Potential of HEIA: Lessons Learned Event on November 26.  This free event will feature a range of presenters and opportunities for discussion about how the Health Equity Impact Assessment tool can assist you and your organization to improve overall equity.

November 21, 2013 Research Report Round-up: Racialization and health inequities in Toronto

There is a lot of research showing that people who belong to racialized groups have poorer health than those who belong to non-racialized groups. Studies have also shown a link between experiencing racial discrimination and having poor mental and physical health.

November 21, 2013 Early findings promising for Mental Health Commission of Canada anti-stigma projects

Opening Minds Interim report

Anti-stigma projects are demonstrating promising practices that could be replicated in many communities across Canada, according to preliminary evaluation findings in a Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) interim report.

November 21, 2013 Winnipeg Mental Health Court’s First Success Story

In early November, after completing an 18-month customized treatment program, 44-year-old Shane Barratt made history by becoming the first graduate of Winnipeg’s Mental Health Court.