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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.

July 25, 2013 Research Report Round-up: How Ontario public health units are addressing child and youth mental health

Momentum is building to promote mental health in Ontario, including efforts to improve treatment options and services for children and youth with mental health concerns. The core business of public health covers illness prevention and health promotion. But the role of public health in mental health is not clear.

July 25, 2013 Mental Health Commission of Canada releases national guidelines for family caregivers

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has officially launched the National Guidelines for a Comprehensive Service System to Support Family.

July 25, 2013 Aspiring Workforce study examines social enterprises and workplace know-how

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The Aspiring Workforce study commissioned by the Mental Health Commission of Canada is divided into four sections. An examination of the first two sections was published in the last issue of Mental Health Notes.This edition of Mental Health Notes will explore the remaining sections: social business environmental scan and mental health know-how in the workplace.

July 25, 2013 New report on drug policies in Vancouver

Drug Situation in Vancouver ReportA new report on the drug state in Vancouver has shown that health-focused policies have been more effective than federal law enforcement measures at reducing illicit drug use and improving public health and safety. The Urban Health Research Initiative at the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS compiled 15 years of data in response to the continuous public and individual health-related harms resulting from illicit drug use, including HIV and hepatitis C transmission. The Drug Situation in Vancouver report includes detailed information on drug use trends, drug availability, HIV rates, and behaviours among some of the city’s most vulnerable people who use illicit drugs.

July 25, 2013 Bridgepoint officially opens

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Bridgepoint Active Healthcare opened its new hospital which integrates patient care, research and teaching in multiple complex illnesses such as diabetes, brain injury, multiple sclerosis and stroke. The new facility has 464 beds, including 344 complex continuing care beds and 120 rehabilitation beds.

July 25, 2013 Waypoint Centre launches new research institute

Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, central Ontario’s specialty mental health hospital and the province’s only maximum security forensic mental health facility, celebrated its recent launch of the Waypoint Research Institute.

July 24, 2013 Health Council of Canada recognizes Mental Health Works as a leading innovative practice

Mental Health Works – a national program housed at Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario that builds capacity within workplaces to effectively address the many issues related to workplace mental health –  has received another accolade.

July 17, 2013 New Report Highlights State of Concurrent Disorders Service Delivery in Ontario

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario and Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO) released a new report today titled, “Concurrent Disorder Services in Ontario: An Environmental Scan.”

July 17, 2013 CMHA "Mood Walks" initiative receives $150,000 in funding

Ontario ForestThe Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport has awarded Mood Walks, a new initiative led by CMHA Ontario, $150,000 in funding in order to develop and implement a new educational walking and hiking program for older adults living with mental illness.

July 16, 2013 HSJCC conference registration is now open

HSJCClogoThe Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee’s (HSJCC) 2013 Conference registration is now open. The conference, titled “New Realities: The Changing World from Youth to Elderly in Human Services & Justice” will be held from November 25-27, 2013 in Toronto.