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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 12, 2015 Register now for Collaborative Conversations: On the Road

Collaborative Conversations ScreenShotWe are pleased to invite you to participate in Collaborative Conversations – On the Road! In this series of seven events, held across the province, we will explore issues and learnings that have emerged from the Systems Improvement through Service Collaboratives initiative.

February 12, 2015 Sustaining change: What does the evidence say about sustainability?

EENet WebYou’ve successfully put a new program or practice in place to help clients with mental health or addiction problems. Now what? In healthcare settings, putting evidence into practice is one thing; sustaining it is another. While there are many definitions of sustainability, it can be broadly understood as the continuation of most or all of an intervention after it has been implemented.

February 12, 2015 "Ask the Experts" webinar series looks at serious issues affecting student mental health

Webinar ScreenshotOn January 28, 2015, the latest webinar in the “Ask the Experts” series looked at how to best support a student who may have an eating disorder.

February 12, 2015 Canada ‘needs a new plan’ on poverty, says national group

Dignity for AllIn a wealthy country like Canada, it is difficult to comprehend why nearly 4.8 million people – one in seven – continue to live in poverty and struggle to pay their rent, feed their families, and meet their basic needs. A national anti-poverty group is highlighting this issue by calling on the federal government to take immediate steps to eradicate their cause.

February 12, 2015 Happy Chinese New Year! Wishing you prosperity and good mental health

Chinese New Year ImageChinese New Year falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice, which this year is on February 19, 2015. On this day the Chinese community will practice the power of positive thinking as they greet each other with well wishes and a cheerful Gong Xi Fa Cai!

February 12, 2015 Canadian student launches new global mental health website

Joshua Chauvin, a graduate of the University of Windsor and current Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, has launched a new website –– to raise awareness about mental health around the globe and to offer hope to those struggling.

February 12, 2015 Campus mental health initiative issues RFP

The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health is seeking a qualified contractor (or contractors) to lead an environmental scan and review of evidence based and promising practices in developing mental health indicators relevant to campus settings.

February 12, 2015 is going on a road trip!

Registration is now open for a series of free youth life promotion/suicide prevention forums being hosted across the province by the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. The forums will bring together stakeholders from across sectors and communities, along with young people and families to discuss community-based approaches to life promotion/suicide prevention, risk management and post-vention. Professionals, youth and family members are welcome to attend.

January 29, 2015 CMHA WWD and Guelph Storm team up for mental health awareness

CMHA WWD Booth at Guelph Storm GameIt is well known that players in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) need to be in peak physical condition, but what is less appreciated is the importance of their mental health. OHL players are under a tremendous amount of stress and pressure to succeed and to be the best. So, it’s not surprising that young hockey players, like anyone else in the community, may struggle with their mental health.

January 29, 2015 Ontario’s budget process informed by personal stories from CMHA clients in Ottawa and Sudbury

The perspective of individuals with lived experience played prominently in the way two CMHA branches informed provincial politicians hosting regional consultations as part of the 2015 budget cycle.