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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.

October 10, 2013 Improved mental health services on the agenda at health ministers meeting

Ontario hosted the annual meeting of provincial and territorial health and wellness ministers this month, with the group addressing mental health in Canada in its final communique.

October 10, 2013 Campaign to save data on welfare incomes in Canada nearing a close

The Caledon Institute of Social Policy, a Canadian social policy think tank, is nearing its crowdfunding goal of raising $20,000 to continue to collect data once gathered by the National Council on Welfare  (NCW). As of Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, the Caledon Institute has raised more than $17,000.

October 10, 2013 New tool to improve collection of socio-demographic data

The Colour of Poverty has released a tool that can be used within the health system to improve collection of socio-demographic data. The tool provides users with sample questions about a range of socio-demographic factors, including gender, sexual orientation, language, race, religion and other factors.

October 10, 2013 New films link insecure employment and poor health

Two new evidence-based films from Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services explore the links between insecure employment and poor health.

October 10, 2013 World Mental Health Day draws attention to mental health and older adults

world-mental-health-day-resizeOn Thursday, October 10, 2013, mental health organizations across the globe will celebrate World Mental Health Day. Led by the World Federation of Mental Health, World Mental Health Day is supported by the World Health Organization as an important day to raise awareness and advocate for better care for those with mental health issues worldwide.

October 7, 2013 Bell launches Bell Blue Box Program across Canada during Mental Illness Awareness Week

Recycle your used/old mobile phones at your local Bell store and help mental health initiatives across the country

Image of old phone courtesy of markuso / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

By recycling their mobile devices through the Bell Blue Box Program, Canadians can support mental health initiatives while helping the environment. The program provides Canadians with an environmentally responsible way of disposing of their used mobile phones, batteries and accessories. Bell will donate net proceeds from the program to CMHA as part of its Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative.

 You can return your used/old mobile devices to any Bell store.

September 26, 2013 CMHA Ontario voices concerns about StatsCan mental health data on local, national media

With the release of new mental health data from Statistics Canada, the Canadian Mental Health Association shared its reaction to the news with a number of media outlets.

September 26, 2013 New StatsCan reports highlight Canada’s mental health needs

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario and Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO) applaud Statistics Canada for its effort to assess and explore whether the mental health care needs of Canadians are being met.  However, both CMHA Ontario and AMHO have concerns about the data Statistics Canada released on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.

September 26, 2013 CMHA Ontario and community partners launch online integration resource

integration resources websiteCMHA Ontario is pleased to announce a new online resource that will help community health organizations survive and thrive in the world of integration pressures and opportunities. Officially launched today, Integration Resources brings you up-to-date information on principles and practices that make or break integration initiatives.  You can find research and case studies on the whole spectrum of integration, from informal coordination to mergers or amalgamations. All the relevant government directives related to integration, including federal statutes that guarantee linguistic and health care rights, are also included. To help you address the personal and organizational challenges of integration, the site also includes tools such as readiness surveys and checklists. We also welcome you to upload relevant and useful materials to Integration Resources so that others can learn from your experiences.

September 26, 2013 Mental health advocate shares inspirational story about struggle with suicide

mark-henickMark Henick, a case manager from CMHA Toronto, earned the opportunity to share his story and views about suicide at the TEDxToronto Conference on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013.