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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.

November 20, 2014 A global outlook on depression: report

the great depressionLast week Nature published a special edition on depression, asking why the burden is so great, how science is helping, where today’s research is headed and what the future may hold.

November 20, 2014 Ask the Experts Webinar: Policy Approaches to Campus Mental Health

Ask the ExpertsWhat kinds of policies are campuses adopting to promote mental health and wellness?

Join the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health for a webinar highlighting a range of campus initiatives that focus on policy as a tool for positive change.

Click here to register.

November 6, 2014 Ontario Division and local branches featured at CMHA National conference

Canadian Mental Health Association’s annual nation-wide conference in Calgary was complete with inspirational keynotes, gripping stories and informative sessions from presenters from across the country on the topics of mental health and addictions.

November 6, 2014 Campus mental health summit to focus on flourishing students

flourishing campuses event - ImageThe Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health, housed at Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario, is hosting a summit this week to bring together experts from across the province to discuss ideas, tools and strategies to address the mental health and well-being of post-secondary students.

November 6, 2014 Justice, mental health focus of new CMHA Ontario webinar

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) recently partnered to deliver the third webinar in the nine-part series of the Working with Children and Youth with Complex Mental Health Needs Project. 

November 6, 2014 CMHA Ontario plays the KT Game

The Canadian Knowledge Transfer and Exchange Community of Practice (KTE CoP) has developed an exciting new teaching tool, called the Knowledge Translation (KT) Game, to facilitate learning of KT principles and promote KT planning and collaboration.

November 6, 2014 Former Lieutenant Governor to champion accessibility in Ontario
The Hon. David Onley

The Hon. David Onley

Ontario’s former Lieutenant Governor, the Hon. David Onley, has been appointed as a special advisor to the Hon. Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure.

November 6, 2014 Increased provincial support to improve campus mental health

Photo courtesy of Toronto Star.

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has extended the Mental Health Innovation Fund (MHIF) by two years, pledging $12 million for mental health services and programs to support post-secondary students

November 6, 2014 Providing care for mental health and addictions in the community

The Four Villages Community Health Centre (CHC) offers primary care services in the west end of Toronto, with programs that include treatment, disease prevention, health promotion, and capacity building. It also provides psychiatric consultations as part of its shared care initiative with St. Joseph’s Health Centre and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

November 6, 2014 Cannabis policy framework

Cannabis is one of the most popular recreational drugs of Canadians, along with alcohol and tobacco. Like those drugs, cannabis is associated with a variety of health harms. But prohibition hasn’t reduced its use or lessened its harms but has, instead, worsened the health harms and created costly social ones.