Mental Health Notes
Americans are marking the anniversary of a key piece of legislation that drastically changed the way the U.S. health system addressed mental illness. It was 50 years ago – Oct. 31, 1963 – that President John F. Kennedy signed the Community Mental Health Act. Kennedy’s legislation focused on community-based care for patients experiencing a mental illness as opposed to institutionalization.
CBC Toronto is launching a special week-long series that focuses on university and college students coping with mental health issues. The network is calling the coverage Off Course on Campus: The Student Mental Health Crisis.
The Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) invites people with lived experience (PWLE) to attend for free the 2013 Provincial HSJCC Conference from November 25-27, 2013 in Toronto.
Participants are welcome to an upcoming forum to discuss the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) tool.
Minimum wage should be increased incrementally to 10 percent above the poverty line by 2018, states a CMHA Ontario submission to a government appointed panel advising Queen’s Park about future changes to minimum wage.
Training mental health peer support workers so that they can help people living with mental illness understand the risk of developing diabetes and learn prevention and self-management strategies is a success story that can be emulated across the country.
On Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, CMHA Ontario met with Paula Reid, who was recently awarded a Travel Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to explore best practices for individuals with mental health issues who have come into contact with the criminal justice system.
The Mental Health Series project, a partnership between CMHA Ontario and Motion Picture Enterprises, received significant web exposure over the past two months thanks to Yahoo Canada.
In a landmark human rights case, Christina Jahn, a woman with mental health issues, has received a settlement from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS).