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A free biweekly newsletter published by CMHA Ontario, featuring mental health news and events.

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To submit news for Mental Health Notes, send complete details to news@ontario.cmha.ca. 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.

August 22, 2013 Stepping Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario's Youth Succeed

steppingupExisting CMHA Ontario programs indicate that the organization is already aligned with mental health aspects of the summer unveiling of Stepping Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario’s Youth Succeed.

August 22, 2013 Ontario’s doctors call for greater investments in housing programs

Image courtesy of  renjith krishnan / FreeDigitalPhotos.netOntario’s doctors are urging all levels of government to make a greater investment in housing programs after the latest research has revealed that the ability to access safe and affordable housing impacts patient health.

August 22, 2013 Mental Health Award Nominations announced

opdi-awardThe Ontario Peer Development Initiative, a mental health consumer organization, has announced that nominations are open for its 2013 Lighthouse Awards. There are three individual and two organizational awards.

August 22, 2013 Research Report Round-up: Local health hubs for communities in rural and Northern Ontario

The vast geography of Northern Ontario makes it challenging to deliver health care to people who live outside of larger communities. A recent report by the Ontario Hospital Association recommends that local health hubs are well positioned to coordinate services for residents in northern and rural communities. A health hub is based on co-located services such as acute care, primary care, long-term care, and community-based services that provide patients with clinical links to the health services they need.

August 22, 2013 Research Snapshot: Concurrent mental health and substance use problems among street-involved youth

A person has concurrent disorders when they have both substance use and mental health problems. People with concurrent disorders are at greater risk of hospitalization, suicidal thinking or behavior, poor treatment outcomes, as well as homelessness.

August 22, 2013 CMA report suggests future seniors’ care a cause for anxiety, calls for action from Ottawa

A recent survey by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) suggests that there is anxiety among Canadians when it comes to the future delivery of health care services for seniors.

August 22, 2013 WHO releases guidance on mental health care after trauma

In response to numerous requests from health care providers, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently released new clinical protocols and guidelines on treating the mental health consequences of trauma and loss.

August 1, 2013 CMHA Ontario's perspective on Health Care in Canada: What Makes Us Sick?

CMHA Ontario shares the concerns outlined in a new report by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) about the impacts of inequities and the social determinants of health on the health of Canadians.

July 25, 2013 York Region “Ride Don't Hide” a success

Ride Don't Hide riders prepare

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), York and South Simcoe Branch recently hosted Ontario’s first ever Ride Don’t Hide event, a community bike ride in support of mental health. Nearly 200 cyclists gathered in Newmarket, north of Toronto, to raise $72,000. Proceeds will directly support CMHA York and South Simcoe Branch’s youth wellness program, family and caregiver education, and support for depression groups. These critical programs meet unmet needs, save lives, and build communities of support.

July 25, 2013 Ontario’s Accessibility Standards Advisory Council members appointed

The provincial government has appointed new members to Ontario’s new Accessibility Standards Advisory Council. This council is a requirement under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and is tasked with advising government on how to improve accessibility. The council has to power to propose new accessibility standards and review existing ones.