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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.

July 25, 2013 York Region “Ride Don't Hide” a success

Ride Don't Hide riders prepare

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), York and South Simcoe Branch recently hosted Ontario’s first ever Ride Don’t Hide event, a community bike ride in support of mental health. Nearly 200 cyclists gathered in Newmarket, north of Toronto, to raise $72,000. Proceeds will directly support CMHA York and South Simcoe Branch’s youth wellness program, family and caregiver education, and support for depression groups. These critical programs meet unmet needs, save lives, and build communities of support.

July 25, 2013 Ontario’s Accessibility Standards Advisory Council members appointed

The provincial government has appointed new members to Ontario’s new Accessibility Standards Advisory Council. This council is a requirement under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and is tasked with advising government on how to improve accessibility. The council has to power to propose new accessibility standards and review existing ones.

July 25, 2013 New physician-implemented program in emergency departments

Local physicians are establishing a new program that partners emergency departments (EDs) in smaller community hospitals with larger hospitals. This program is demonstrating encouraging results.

July 25, 2013 Ombudsman urges government to expand oversight


With the release of his 2012-2013 annual report, Ontario Ombudsman André Marin called on the provincial government to expand oversight by making better use of his office’s services.

July 25, 2013 Research Snapshot: Barriers to Mental Health Care for LGBT People

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people report poorer mental health outcomes than do heterosexual, non-trans people. But little is known about their experiences with mental health services.

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


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

Bridgepoint Hospital

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.