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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.

September 26, 2013 UK report warns mental health services require preparation as needs increase

Starting Today CoverA new report by the Mental Health Foundation warns that the current UK health system will soon be unable to cope with the growing number of people with a mental health condition.

September 26, 2013 Ensure psychological safety in your organization by attending a Mental Health Works workshop

Issues around mental health and mental illness can be complex, particularly when workplace stressors become a factor. Canada’s first national standard on psychological health and safety in the workplace was announced in January and provides organizations with guidelines on preventing mental injury, reducing psychological risk, and promoting a mentally healthier workplace. To help address these issues, the Canadian Mental Health Association’s award-winning Mental Health Works program is offering two workshops for supervisors, managers, and human resources professionals to learn strategies on creating supportive workplace and implement positive change toward improved psychological health and safety in your organization.

September 12, 2013 CMHA Branches speak out about mental health and policing

As local and provincial media continue to discuss the role of police in crisis response and de-escalation for people with mental health issues, several CMHA branches have shared their experiences in working with local police to serve the greater community.

September 12, 2013 CMHA Ontario funds landmark study on mental health and stigma

SSO LogoCMHA Ontario is funding a landmark research study by the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) that will examine the effects of stigma and discrimination on youth living with mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and depression.

September 12, 2013 SURVEY REQUEST: Nutrition and Mental Health Research Priorities

Apple Image courtesy of Paul / FreeDigitalPhotos.netDietitians of Canada, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario and the University of British Columbia are partnering on a national project to develop and prioritize research questions to improve nutrition practice in community mental health.

September 12, 2013 Employment support for people living with disabilities: a success story

Jessica Cashmore, a crisis response worker with the Canadian Mental Health Association Cochrane-Timiskaming Branch, is a shining example of what someone can achieve with a helping hand.

September 12, 2013 CMHA Ontario on CBC Radio Metro Morning in Toronto

metromorningOn CBC Radio’s Metro Morning program in Toronto, Campus Mental Health researcher Aliçia Raimundo spoke to host Matt Galloway about her personal story of struggling with suicide ideation in her teens and the warning signs of suicidal behaviour in youth. Aliçia, who was a guest for the program’s coverage of World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, is a youth mental health advocate who has emerged from her own experience of anxiety, depression and a suicide attempt at the age of 13 to become a voice against stigma.  Visit the CBC Metro Morning website to listen to the full interview.

September 12, 2013 Ontario's bail system and its impact on people with mental health and addictions issues

Reasonable Bail coverThe John Howard Society’s Centre of Research, Policy & Program Development has released a report entitled, Reasonable Bail?, which outlines recommendations for change to Ontario’s bail system.

September 12, 2013 Government announces review of Ontario’s accessibility laws

The Government of Ontario has appointed Mayo Moran, Dean of the University of Toronto law school, to lead a review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

September 12, 2013 Ontario Human Rights Commissions releases annual report

OHRC Annual Report coverThe Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has released its 2012-13 annual report titled, Rights, Partners, Action. The report covers highlights of the OHRC’s past year of work, including:

  • The release of Minds that Matter, a consultation report about human rights, addictions and mental health
  • Focused work on human rights and housing
  • Efforts to address competing human rights
  • Ongoing activities to identify and eliminate discrimination on the basis of race
  • And public education efforts including Working Together, a video about the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The video is now required viewing for all Ontario Public Service Employees.