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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 Landmark study dispels ‘not criminally responsible’ myths

According to the National Trajectory Project, a landmark study published in the March 2015 edition of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, less than one-tenth of Canadians found not criminally responsible (NCR) on account of a mental disorder commit a serious violent crime. Moreover, 72 percent of NCR individuals have at least one psychiatric hospitalization before their offence and less than one percent re-commit a serious violent crime once released back into the community.

March 26, 2015 Statistics Canada Releases More Data on Canadians with Disabilities

In March, Statistics Canada released more data from the 2012 Canadian Survey on Disability (CSD). Data from the CSD is used to present a profile of Canadian adults whose daily activities are limited because of a long-term condition or health-related problem. The new data points to significant labour and income disparities faced by those with disabilities.

March 26, 2015 England’s child mental health services face overhaul

 Mental health services for children and youth in England need a “complete overhaul,” according to a government task force. The task force has released Future in Mind, a report that highlights rising wait times and a lack of age-appropriate hospital services. More specifically, the report found a sharp increase in the number of youth under the age of 18 with mental health problems who are being treated in adult psychiatric wards. In addition, it found that fewer than 35 percent of young people with mental health issues are getting the help they need.

March 26, 2015 Celebrate “Purple Day” and help raise awareness about epilepsy

50 Million people have epilepsy worldwide.  It is estimated that 1 in 100 people have epilepsy.  In 50% of cases the cause is unknown.Today is Purple Day, an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. Every year on March 26, people in countries around the world are invited to wear purple and host events in support of epilepsy awareness.

March 26, 2015 Breakfast with the Chiefs on April 15, 2015

Longwood Publishing is hosting another Breakfast with the Chiefs event on Wednesday April 15, 2015. The breakfast is an educational session that provides invited chief executives from the health care system an opportunity to share new ideas, policies and/or best practices with colleagues.

March 26, 2015 3rd Annual Forensic Psychiatry Research Conference

 The Waypoint Research Institute at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care is hosting a free conference at the University of Toronto called the Annual Forensic Psychiatry Research Conference.

March 26, 2015 Mental Health and the Law conference

Mental Health and the Law.  Thursday, May 21, 2015. Ottawa.The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) in conjunction with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, is pleased to offer a one-day conference (May 21, 2015) to explore the key issues facing health care organizations in the area of mental health and the law.

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.