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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.

January 29, 2015 National At Home/Chez Soi project helps people find and keep a home

In Canada, the current response to homelessness mostly relies on shelters for emergency housing. But before they are offered housing, individuals who are homeless must first participate in treatment and remain sober for a period of time.

January 29, 2015 Pregnets: Helping Women Quit or Reduce Smoking in Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period

Pregnant and smokingJoin us for the next EENet webinar on Thursday, February 19, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

January 29, 2015 Bell Let’s Talk encourages conversation about mental health

Canadians across the country joined together on social media to text, talk and tweet about mental health for the fifth annual Bell Let’s Talk Day on January 28, 2015. The campaign broke last year’s record, reaching more than 122 million total interactions and raising more than $6 million for mental health research, programs and organizations across Canada.

January 29, 2015 Chronic pain linked with poor mental health: Statistics Canada

The relationship between chronic pain and poor psychological health has been well established. However a new Statistics Canada study, Chronic pain, activity restriction and flourishing mental health, suggests that both pain intensity as well as pain-related activity prevention play a direct role in the impact of chronic pain on mental health. In particular, the author sought to examine whether the experience of chronic pain contributes indirectly to mental illness by limiting day-to-day activities, thereby increasing psychological distress.

January 29, 2015 MHCC report identifies first set of national mental health indicators

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has just released the first phase of its project, Informing the Future: Mental Health Indicators for Canada, to identify a first-ever set of national mental health indicators. This first report provides details on the first 13 of 63 indicators involving children, youth, adults and seniors in a variety of setting.

January 29, 2015 Living with a “black dog”: an animated guide for caregivers

Depression is sometimes referred to as the “Black Dog.” Just like a real dog, its needs to be embraced, understood, taught new tricks and ultimately brought to heel.

Millions of people around the world live with depression. Most of the people affected, 75 percent in many low-income countries, do not have access to the treatment they need. Without treatment, these individuals suffer greatly, but so too do their families.

January 29, 2015 Body and Self Esteem Conference

Registration is now open for “Body Equity: Self Esteem in the Balance,” a body image and self-esteem conference in Toronto on April 16-17, 2015, hosted by the National Eating Disorder Information Centre.

January 29, 2015 Capstone Summit: March 9-10, 2015

The Change Foundation’s Capstone Summit and 20th Anniversary is being held on March 9 – 10, 2015 in Toronto.

January 15, 2015 Driving change for accessing mental health services in York Region

MOBYSS busThe Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), York Region and South Simcoe Branch has developed a new approach to addressing youth mental health. The branch announced Ontario’s first mobile mental health clinic for people between the ages of 12-25.

January 15, 2015 Start Talking Cup brings mental health awareness to Simcoe County

Start Talking Cup 11When the minor midget ‘AAA’ Barrie Colts and the North Central Predators took to the ice recently, the game had a slightly different focus than the matches they typically play.