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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.

August 22, 2013 Workplace mental health should be municipal priority: CMHA Ontario CEO

Ottawa Citizen Opinion-EditorialCMHA Ontario CEO Camille Quenneville is calling on municipalities to prioritize workplace mental health.

August 22, 2013 CMHA Ontario offers insights about knowledge translation techniques

Close to 40 participants from across Canada gathered in Victoria, BC, in mid-July to sharpen their knowledge translation skills during a two-day workshop organized by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC).

August 22, 2013 Windsor-Essex radio station recognized as a mental health leader

In honour of its exceptional work in helping enhance mental health in Windsor-Essex, AM 800 CKLW was officially recognized this month as the regional winner of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario media award.

August 22, 2013 Ombudsman investigates policing standards/procedures; CMHA Ontario continues work in area of justice and mental health

ombudsmanOn August 8, 2013 the Ontario Ombudsman announced that his office will review the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to police for de-escalating crisis situations, including those involving people with mental health issues. The systematic investigation is scheduled to be completed within the next six to 12 months and will look at current de-escalation training standards and procedures across Ontario.

August 22, 2013 Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy consultations announced

CMHA Ontario has requested that it be included in new government consultations to inform the province’s next poverty reductions strategy.

August 22, 2013 CMHA Ontario to provide input on Ontario's minimum wage

CMHA Ontario will be providing a submission to the provincial government on the minimum wage regulation and has set up a committee to ensure that its contribution is reflective of provincial perspectives. The submission is part of a provincial consultation process that gives the public an opportunity to provide input into how minimum wage is adjusted.

August 22, 2013 Stepping Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario's Youth Succeed

steppingupExisting CMHA Ontario programs indicate that the organization is already aligned with mental health aspects of the summer unveiling of Stepping Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario’s Youth Succeed.

August 22, 2013 Ontario’s doctors call for greater investments in housing programs

Image courtesy of  renjith krishnan / FreeDigitalPhotos.netOntario’s doctors are urging all levels of government to make a greater investment in housing programs after the latest research has revealed that the ability to access safe and affordable housing impacts patient health.

August 22, 2013 Mental Health Award Nominations announced

opdi-awardThe Ontario Peer Development Initiative, a mental health consumer organization, has announced that nominations are open for its 2013 Lighthouse Awards. There are three individual and two organizational awards.

August 22, 2013 Research Report Round-up: Local health hubs for communities in rural and Northern Ontario

The vast geography of Northern Ontario makes it challenging to deliver health care to people who live outside of larger communities. A recent report by the Ontario Hospital Association recommends that local health hubs are well positioned to coordinate services for residents in northern and rural communities. A health hub is based on co-located services such as acute care, primary care, long-term care, and community-based services that provide patients with clinical links to the health services they need.