Mental Health Notes
Increased funding for community mental health and addictions services, more resources to help data collection and quality improvement in the sector, and an increase in supportive housing stock were the CMHA Ontario’s key asks in this year’s provincial pre-budget submission.
CMHA Ontario and mental health advocates across Canada spoke up against a selection of T-shirts being sold on Amazon which made light of suicide.
In December, CMHA Ontario called on the Government of Ontario to enhance accessibility for people with mental health disabilities as it makes changes to the Customer Service Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA). Specifically, CMHA Ontario calls for these enhancements to provisions related to service animals, support persons and training:
- Add social workers to the list of regulated professionals that can provide service animal documentation to people with disabilities
- Remove the Customer Service Standard provisions which enable organizations to require people with disabilities to be accompanied with support persons for health and safety reasons
- Require organizations to provide training on the Ontario Human Rights Code as well as the AODA.
It didn’t take long for the new Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Centre to make its presence felt in London.
Participate in a training session to learn about the quality of the data your agency is gathering. These two-hour sessions will be taking place across the province.
Bounce Back from low mood, stress, anxiety with free, clinically-proven mental health program
Just in time for the holidays, the Canadian Mental Health Association is launching Ontario’s first free, clinically-proven, self-guided mental health program designed to help adults rebound from low mood and mild to moderate stress or anxiety.
The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) and four local branches of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) are pleased to announce their partnership in Talk Today, one of the most comprehensive mental health education programs for amateur sports in Canada. Talk Today, is aimed at helping the 300 players in the NOJHL, as well as the individuals that support them, to identify mental health issues and address suicide.
Talk Today pilot provides mental health, suicide prevention training for student athletes at Kenora Catholic District School Board
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Kenora Branch and Kenora Catholic District School Board (KCDSB) have joined forces on a pilot project to provide 75 high school student athletes with suicide prevention and mental health awareness training. The first initiative of its kind in Ontario, the project aims to create an open and non-judgmental environment where student athletes who may be struggling with mental health issues feel comfortable and confident seeking help.
In an effort to “protect public safety and strengthen individual civil liberties,” the Ontario government, with unanimous support from all parties, passed the Police Record Checks Reform Act on Dec. 1.
CMHA Ontario emphasized its stance on mental health accommodation and accessibility during an interview for a CBC story, which aired Dec. 7.