Skip to primary content
Skip to main menu
Skip to section menu (if applicable)

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 For military families dealing with PTSD, program offers healing

COPE logoChris Linford, a retired lieutenant-colonel, was deployed to Rwanda in 1994. There in the midst of the genocide, he was deeply impacted by what he saw, leaving him “profoundly altered.” Chris returned home and began experiencing symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He struggled to control his anger, depression and insomnia on his own until he sought help in 2004, 10 years later. Chris’ wife, Kathryn, and his three children were also significantly impacted by his PTSD.

January 29, 2015 Ontario’s legal community sparking new dialogue on mental health

Opening Remarks Screen ShotWhen Ontario Bar Association (OBA) president, Orlando Da Silva, spoke candidly about his own struggles with mental health, his story struck a chord with many in the profession. Subsequently, the OBA has launched a new initiative called Opening Remarks, aimed at addressing mental health in the legal sector.

January 29, 2015 More funds for student mental health in Ontario

Ontario is supporting 14 projects to address post-secondary students’ access to mental health services. This announcement came just after Premier Kathleen Wynne’s 10-day tour of Ontario colleges and universities, where the main issues raised were preventing sexual violence on campus and improving mental health services for post-secondary students.

January 29, 2015 Mental health services in smaller Northern Ontario communities

OPOP banner logoThe Ontario Psychiatric Outreach Program (OPOP) is funded by the Ontario government’s Underserviced Areas Program to provide clinical services through outreach, distance‐based clinical and support services via telepsychiatry, and educational services to participating communities. It also exposes undergraduate and postgraduate medical students to rural and remote practice settings.

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.