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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.

July 17, 2014 Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team – a first for Ontario

There are signs that police forces across Ontario are trying to work to better respond to individuals who are experiencing a mental health crisis.

July 17, 2014 Supporting Employment for People with Mental Illnesses

budget_homeThe Government of Ontario’s Budget for 2014 acknowledges that “there are 1.65 million people in Ontario who have a physical, mental, sensory or learning disability, 63 per cent of whom are aged 15 to 64 — the cohort most likely to be participating in the labour force.”

July 17, 2014 CMHA Connects and the Mental Health Employment Supports Network (MHESN)

CMHA Connects logoTo support dialogue and discussion among organizations serving people with mental illnesses, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario hosts CMHA Connects which is a multisite network designed to support collaboration and knowledge sharing.

July 17, 2014 Toronto takes step to address LGBTQ youth homelessness

Toronto City Council has decided to examine the feasibility of providing more support for the needs of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans-People Queer (LGBTQ) community, after a 2013 survey indicated that 21 per cent of people in youth shelters identify as belonging to a sexual minority.

July 17, 2014 Social entrepreneurship: The Workman Arts story

Workman Arts is an organization that works with artists with mental health and addiction issues and has offered performances and displays to hundreds of thousands of people since 1987. It was founded based on the principle that the creative process is integral to the quest for personal and spiritual development.

July 17, 2014 Innovations in mental health

Wraparound Milwaukee is a unique system of care for children with serious emotional, behavioural, and mental health needs and their families. It uses a wraparound approach that focuses on strength-based, individualized care. Combined with a unique organizational structure, it delivers a comprehensive and flexible array of services to youth and their families.

July 17, 2014 Snowshoe inquiry prompts calls to improve mental health services for inmates

A recent public inquiry into the death of Edward Snowshoe in the federal penitentiary system has renewed calls across the country to improve coordination of mental health and justice services, particularly for inmates with mental health histories.

July 17, 2014 Read all about it: The Centre releases annual report

The Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health has released its 2013-14 annual reportThe Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health has released its 2013-14 annual report, (knowledge + innovation)you = awesome

As the Centre celebrates its 10th anniversary, this report takes the opportunity to reflect on how far the child and youth mental health sector has come and look ahead to a future full of possibilities.

July 17, 2014 Ontario Peer Development Initiative (OPDI) Survey

Are you a peer supporter? If so, OPDI’s Community of Practice wants your input.

July 17, 2014 Free online French mental health course available for professionals who work with refugees

The French version of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH) Refugee Mental Health course is now accepting fall and winter registrations for 2014-15.