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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 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.

January 15, 2015 CMHA branches collaborate on innovative crisis response

Although crime rates continue to decrease across Ontario, there are still vulnerable individuals at risk of becoming involved with the justice system, becoming a victim or suffering from a relapse. Several Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario branches have been working closely with local agencies in the human services sectors to address the needs of these individuals. This approach, known as collaborative situation “tables,” are not a new service delivery mechanism but rather a way of mobilizing existing resources and systems in an integrated and collaborative way.

January 15, 2015 Landmark court ruling implements changes to Mental Health Act

Photo of Waypoint MH FacilityThe Mental Health Act (MHA) legislation dates back to 1990 and allows individuals with mental health issues, who are at risk of causing harm to themselves or others, to be apprehended by police and detained. Most detentions last a few days and 80 percent are less than one month. However, there are rare cases (about two percent) where detentions last more than six months and individuals can be detained indefinitely as result of repeated renewals of the detention period.

January 15, 2015 Extreme cold and homelessness: a poor prescription for individuals with mental health conditions

No More homesless deaths imageThe extreme cold has gripped several regions across Ontario this month, but for two homeless people in Toronto the steep drop in temperature resulted in their deaths. Earlier this month, a homeless man died in a run-down delivery van. One day later, another homeless man said to be experiencing a mental health issue, was found dead in a transit shelter wearing only a t-shirt and jeans, with a hospital bracelet around his wrist.