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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 13, 2014 CMHA Ontario blogs

Qualaxia-logoCMHA Ontario has joined the blogosphere thanks to a collaboration with the Qualaxia Network. Qualaxia is a national network of mental health-based researchers, experts, decision-makers, managers and clinicians. The blog features short pieces about emerging mental health planning, policy or service-delivery issues that impact Canada and the provinces.

February 13, 2014 Toronto school board latest to focus on students' mental health; CMHA a prime resource in this area

In response to a census that indicated many of its students experience loneliness, sadness, anxiety, stress and worry about the future, Canada’s largest school board announced that it is implementing a four-year Mental Health Strategy.

February 13, 2014 Survey of caregiver needs for people living with episodic disability in Ontario

CWGHR logoThe Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR) is leading an initiative to understand and develop a model to effectively address the needs of family/friend caregivers of people living with episodic disability in Ontario.

February 13, 2014 Upcoming summit to focus on children and youth mental health

2014 Summit for Children and Youth Mental HealthCircle your calendars for the 2014 Summit for Children and Youth Mental Health, hosted by the Coalition for Children and Youth Mental Health (CCYMH). The summit takes place in Toronto from  April 3-4, 2014.  The CCYMH is a multi-sector group committed to improving mental health services for children and youth in Ontario. The summit will bring together educators, professional student services personnel, mental health and health professionals, children service agencies, child service advocates, families and students.


February 13, 2014 Calling all youth! Use your creativity to combat stigma

CMHO flyer for Change the ViewChildren’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) is inviting young people across the province to tap into their creative side and take part in Change the View, a Youtube video contest that aims to eliminate the stigma around children’s mental health issues.

February 13, 2014 Promising Practices: Tangerine Walk-In Counselling Services

Tangerine Walk-In Counselling Services is doing something special: providing more services and reducing wait time for children and youth up to the age of 18. (The Brampton location serves youth up to age 21.) What’s more, their caregivers, looking for mental health services in Peel region, are also getting support.

February 13, 2014 Student Spotlight: Leisure as Mental Health Treatment

How can recreation and leisure pursuits help people with mental illness live full and engaged lives? Lauren Torok is exploring the role of leisure in the lives of individuals with mental illnesses. Her ultimate goal is to create a strengths-based therapeutic recreation treatment program.

February 13, 2014 Household food insecurity in Canada remains a major issue: report

food security report coverA new report on household food insecurity in Canada shines a light on what continues to be a major social and health problem in this country, and that is the lack of access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to maintain good health.

February 13, 2014 B.C. Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner invites public comment on police information checks investigation

There is a growing trend where employers from all sectors, not just those working with vulnerable populations, are requesting that job applicants provide a criminal record check. Similar to Ontario, in British Columbia, non-conviction records can show up on a police record check and this information can include:

  • warrants for arrest
  • peace bonds or restraining orders in effect
  • information about adverse police contact
  • charges approved by Crown Counsel that do not result in convictions
  • information related to the Youth Criminal Justice Act
  • information about an individual’s mental health
February 13, 2014 Mental/psychological disabilities most common disabilities for Canadian youth: Statistics Canada

image with the text canadian survey on disabilityStatistics Canada (StatsCan) recently released new information about disabilities in Canada. The information comes from the 2012 Canadian Survey on Disability (CSD).