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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.

February 26, 2015 MHCC consults on guidelines for recovery-oriented practice: report

MHCC_RecoveryEarlier this week, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) hosted an eastern Canada regional dialogue to discuss their draft Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice. Participants came from as far away as Newfoundland and Labrador and had lively discussion on the history of the consumer/survivor movement, how to define recovery and ways to implement the guideline in the future. The final guidelines will be released by the end of May, 2015.

February 26, 2015 Duchess of Cambridge speaks out for Children's Mental Health

The first ever UK Children’s Mental Health Week received a royal endorsement this month when the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton delivered a rare video address in support of early intervention mental health support for young people.

February 26, 2015 Breakfast with the Chiefs: understand quality, performance and partnership

Longwood Publishing’s annual event called Breakfast with the Chiefs is coming up on March 4, 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.

February 26, 2015 Shadows of the Mind Film Festival

The North East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) has sponsored a film at the Shadows of the Mind Film Festival in order to bring mental health issues into the spotlight.

February 12, 2015 The need for more housing is a cornerstone of CMHA Ontario’s Pre-budget Submission

PreBudget Submission 2015 Cover ImageThe pre-budget submission from Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario asks the provincial government for appropriate investment in three key areas:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Income Security, Access to Education And Employment Supports
  • Increasing Access to a Core Basket of Services
February 12, 2015 Belleville rises to the challenge to combat homelessness

The community of Belleville was recently presented with an enticing challenge. If it mobilized and raised $10,000 in donations for CMHA Hastings & Prince Edward Counties’ (CMHA-HPE) transitional housing program, the money would be instantly doubled.

February 12, 2015 Recent webinars cover important themes among children and youth

Screen Shot_Webinar 8The Working with Children and Youth with Complex Mental Health Needs project has delivered its final two webinars of a nine-part series. To date, more than 3,300 people have participated in the webinars, either by attending the live sessions or by watching the recordings afterward.

February 12, 2015 CMHA Ontario’s Mark Henick makes global news with his inspiring story

While media coverage on mental health issues can often be negative, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Ontario’s Mark Henick has been busy sharing an inspiring story about mental health with international audiences.

February 12, 2015 CMHA staff member to launch national discussions

Seeing through the labelChristine Hillis is a crisis and outreach worker at CMHA Oxford County. She has written a book, called Seeing Through the Label, which chronicles her own lived experience.

February 12, 2015 Trading up: New program hopes to steer youth away from crime

Trading Up LogoYouth at risk of coming into contact with the law face multiple challenges including unstable home environments, homelessness and poverty. Drug addictions, prostitution, crime and gang involvement can seem like easy solutions to these challenges but a new trades training centre aims to give these youth another option.