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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.

December 5, 2013 New resource helps lawyers improve practice with clients with disabilities

arch_logoArch Disability Law Centre has released a new primer to increase the legal profession’s capacity to serve people with disabilities in Ontario and beyond.  The primer includes 10 articles and is available in English and French.  Articles address a range of issues including:

  • Understanding disability
  • Laws and legal concepts related to disabilities
  • Practical strategies for accommodating the needs of people with disabilities
  • Human rights and disability
  • Disability and the capacity to instruct counsel
December 5, 2013 OHRC releases new online training about the duty to accommodate

quiz_buttonTo mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (Dec. 3, 2013), the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released a new eLearning module about human rights in Ontario and the legal duty of employers, housing and service providers to accommodate.  Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, accommodation generally refers to needs related to disability, religion, family responsibilities or gender.  This resource provides employers, housing and service providers with information and examples of accommodation.

December 5, 2013 Research Snapshot: Hospital-community partnership improves mental health care for children

Children with behaviour problems at an early age can end up having risky behaviour and being involved with the criminal justice system later in life. Early treatment can help prevent long-term problems, but it can be difficult to put effective programs in place in community settings. This is especially the case in high-risk communities.

December 5, 2013 Research Report Round-up: Understanding the seismic shifts shaking Canada’s youth

Community Foundations of Canada conducts a national study every year to look at the quality of life of Canadians. In 2012, the study looked specifically at youth. For this study, the foundation collected research from many sources to provide a picture of youths’ quality of life. This report presents a picture of health, well-being, and employment issues facing youth in Canada.

December 5, 2013 Health Council of Canada report recommends actions to improve Aboriginal seniors’ health

HCCreportcoverA new report from the Health Council of Canada calls on all levels of government in Canada to take action to improve the health of Aboriginal seniors. The report identifies that Aboriginal seniors experience poorer health than their non-Aboriginal peers, including higher rates of chronic diseases and conditions, but often do not receive the same level of health care due to poor communication, collaboration, and jurisdictional disputes.

December 5, 2013 The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health profiles the Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committees

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Systems Improvement through Service Collaboratives (SISC) initiative profiled the Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committees (HSJCCs) recently. The HSJCCs have been closely involved with the work of the 4 Justice Collaborative that are included in the SISC initiative. Approximately 40% of members attending the Justice Collaboratives are HSJCC members as well. To view the full article, visit the Service Collaboratives website.

December 5, 2013 Family-led non-profit group seeks treasurer for its board

Parents for Children’s Mental Health (PCMH) is currently accepting applications for a treasurer to join its board of directors.

December 4, 2013 Legal Aid Ontario announces consultations on Mental Health Strategy

LAOA new discussion paper released by Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) today reveals that there is a high prevalence of mental health issues and social marginalization within the population who are currently eligible for legal aid services.

November 29, 2013 Contest: Craft your most creative CMHA Thank You card

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.netPeople with lived experience can show off their artistic side and help Canadian Mental Health Association with its CMHA Thank You card contest.

November 27, 2013 With the Right Amendments, the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act Can Support All

Following an announcement by the Government of Canada that it will re-instate Bill C-54 (to be re-numbered Bill C-14), the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act, in the Senate of Canada, a coalition of 12 national health organizations are looking to collaborate with the government to amend the Bill so it supports victims without perpetuating the stigma and discrimination of mental illness