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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.

October 24, 2013 U.S. celebrates 50th anniversary of Community Mental Health Act

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.

October 24, 2013 CBC Toronto launches special mental health programming

offcourse-140CBC 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.

October 24, 2013 Free Registration to the 2013 Provincial HSJCC Conference for PWLE

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.

October 24, 2013 Invitation open to an event to discuss the Health Equity Impact Assessment tool

heia_bannerParticipants are welcome to an upcoming forum to discuss the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) tool.

October 18, 2013 CMHA Ontario submits minimum wage recommendations to Ontario government advisory panel

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.

October 17, 2013 CMHA Ontario presents findings of mental health and diabetes project at national conference

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.

October 10, 2013 UK Researcher seeks CMHA Ontario input about mental health and justice

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.

October 10, 2013 Mental Health Series Project supported by Yahoo Canada

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.

October 10, 2013 Mental Health Screening for Ontario Inmates

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).

October 10, 2013 Ontario launches new phone line to help college, university students

good2talklogoThe Government of Ontario has introduced a new telephone help line for college and university students as part of its Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.