Mental Health Notes
A $300,000 grant awarded to CMHA Ontario will be used to teach older adults across the province the necessary skills to tackle mental health issues such as distress, anxiety and depression and enable them to change personal behaviours, including becoming more physically active and eating a healthier diet.
The Brant County and the Haldimand Norfolk branches of the Canadian Mental Health Association are exploring a voluntary integration between the two organizations to better serve their communities. Citing a commitment to improve the client experience, access, and maintain high quality health care, board representatives from both branches have begun the planning work necessary to ensure the amalgamated organization provides enhanced services.
After 33 years of service in the mental health community, Sandy Milakovic is retiring as CMHA Peel’s Chief Executive Officer.
In case you missed it, Ontario subscribers to Canada’s largest daily newspaper received a special mental health report in a recent issue of the Toronto Star. The report, simply titled, “Mental Health” featured a front-page column by Camille Quenneville, CEO, CMHA Ontario.
CMHA Ontario would like thank readers for their feedback over the past year which has allowed us to grow and improve Mental Health Notes with each passing issue.
Mental Health Notes will be taking a short break after this issue, but will be back on January 30, 2014.
CMHA Ontario wishes you all a happy holiday season.
The Ontario government has announced that it is taking steps to address gaps in health coverage for refugee claimants by introducing the new Ontario Temporary Health Program. Effective Jan 1, 2014, the temporary provincial program will allow refugee claimants to access most primary care and urgent hospital services, as well as medication coverage, regardless of immigration status or country of origin.
Earlier this year, we reported on the release of a report about the Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities (H-CARDD) Program’s upcoming atlas. The full atlas has now been published in collaboration between the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) launched their mental health strategy consultation with a recent event at the Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (PARC) in Toronto.
The Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH) Schizophrenia Division is looking for families to participate in a survey that tests the usefulness of a family-centred approach when dealing with the cognitive impacts of schizophrenia.
Family caregivers – those who care for adult family members living with mental illness – who receive the support they need can make a big difference in the life of their ill relative. Adequate support can help alleviate some of the stressors that often come with caring for an ill adult relative. When such supports are not there, it can jeopardize both their capacity to provide care and the caregivers own health and well-being. The unpaid care and support they provide is a major contribution to the health and social service system, and would cost considerably if it had to be replaced with paid formal services.