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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 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.

January 29, 2015 MCYS training project update

Working with Children & Youth with Complex Mental Health NeedsThe Working with Children and Youth with Complex Mental Health Needs project is off to a busy start in 2015, having already hosted two webinars and the final regional workshop as well as preparing for the launch of the online course.

January 29, 2015 Mental health and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services – A roundtable discussion

Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario was one of more than a dozen stakeholders from across the mental health and justice-related sectors who came together at Queen’s Park on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 to discuss ways to address mental health issues at various levels within the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

January 29, 2015 Expert Advisory Panel to help end homelessness in Ontario

great minds_expert panelLast year, the government set a bold long-term goal to end homelessness in Ontario as part of the Poverty Reduction Strategy. The province has since appointed a new Expert Advisory Panel on Homelessness that will provide practical advice on how to best approach this goal.