Mental Health Notes
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.
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.
CMHA 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.
Dietitians 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.
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.
On 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.
The 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.
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).
- 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.