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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 Waypoint Centre launches new research institute

Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, central Ontario’s specialty mental health hospital and the province’s only maximum security forensic mental health facility, celebrated its recent launch of the Waypoint Research Institute.

July 24, 2013 Health Council of Canada recognizes Mental Health Works as a leading innovative practice

Mental Health Works – a national program housed at Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario that builds capacity within workplaces to effectively address the many issues related to workplace mental health –  has received another accolade.

July 17, 2013 New Report Highlights State of Concurrent Disorders Service Delivery in Ontario

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario and Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO) released a new report today titled, “Concurrent Disorder Services in Ontario: An Environmental Scan.”

July 17, 2013 CMHA "Mood Walks" initiative receives $150,000 in funding

Ontario ForestThe Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport has awarded Mood Walks, a new initiative led by CMHA Ontario, $150,000 in funding in order to develop and implement a new educational walking and hiking program for older adults living with mental illness.

July 16, 2013 HSJCC conference registration is now open

HSJCClogoThe Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee’s (HSJCC) 2013 Conference registration is now open. The conference, titled “New Realities: The Changing World from Youth to Elderly in Human Services & Justice” will be held from November 25-27, 2013 in Toronto.

July 15, 2013 Mental Health Commission of Canada releases evaluation of CMHA's Mental Health Works

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has released the third-party evaluation of Mental Health Works, a national program based out of CMHA Ontario that builds capacity within Canadian workplaces to effectively address issues related to mental health in the workplace.

July 2, 2013 Human Resources Play Key Role in Workplace Mental Health

With an increasing number of new graduates pursuing careers in Human Resources, HR staff can play a crucial role in educating employees and intervening when mental health issues arise in the workplace, according to an article in JobPostings magazine.

July 2, 2013 CMHA Sudbury Celebrates Launch of Transformational Mental Health Home

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Sudbury/Manitoulin Branch is celebrating the launch of a new transformational residential home that is the first of its kind in the City of Sudbury.

June 27, 2013 Strong, Free and Happy bike tour promotes physical activity for mental health

Jessica VandenBussche cyclingTwenty-four-year-old Jessica VandenBussche is cycling across Ontario to promote physical activity as a means to improve mental health. On Friday, June 21, the University of Waterloo kinesiology graduate launched the northern leg of her journey near Thunder Bay. Jessica’s route will take her south via Sault Ste. Marie and the Bruce Peninsula, through southwestern Ontario and around the Golden Horseshoe, finishing in Ottawa by mid-July.

June 27, 2013 Executive Director set to retire from Canadian Mental Health Association, Thunder Bay Branch

Maurice Fortin  An outstanding leader and advocate for mental health in Ontario’s north is stepping down from the Canadian Mental Health Association, Thunder Bay Branch.

After more than three decades as executive director of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Thunder Bay branch, Maurice Fortin has his sights set on retirement, effective December, 2013.