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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.

May 7, 2015 Advancing equity through culturally-competent communication

For many newcomers to Canada, obtaining necessary health and social services can be a daunting task. They may be unaware of available services and how to obtain them. They may also not completely understand their health care provider or be comfortable with the way services are delivered.  New Canadians face a number of barriers including language barriers, economic barriers (i.e. transportation, child care costs, lack of extended health care coverage, and inability to take time off work) as well as systemic barriers (i.e. hours of operation and lack of support from family members). Additionally, many newcomers have experienced a variety of social issues, such as environmental hardship and political persecution.

May 7, 2015 CMHA Waterloo Wellington Dufferin Branch talks about drug treatment courts

Waterloo Region CourthouseStanding ovations and cake are not something we typically expect to see in a courtroom, but for the 15 graduates of the Drug Treatment Court (DTC) in the Waterloo region, this is a rite of passage.

May 7, 2015 CMHA Lambton Kent shares insights on unique partnership program

RAIT modelIndividuals who use mental health services indicate that access and availability are two of the most important elements for engaging in services. During their conference presentation, CMHA Lambton Kent shared an innovative approach to address mental health needs at early onset: the Rapid Assessment Intervention and Treatment (RAIT) Program.

May 7, 2015 Motivational interviewing to promote lifestyle changes

We all benefit from making lifestyle changes that improve our health and well-being. Clinicians, who are deeply invested in client care, often provide advice and suggestions to their clients to facilitate these changes, which range from eating healthier foods to seeking mental health services. Clients, on the other hand, may face a multitude of challenges that prevent them from undertaking a variety of health behaviours. They may not know where to start or how to overcome seemingly insurmountable barriers.

May 7, 2015 Webinar: Using OCAN in community mental health

Sign up for this free webinar and find out how you can use the Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) to inform the services you deliver.

Date: May 28, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (EST)

April 23, 2015 Training opportunities available at CMHA Ontario provincial conference

CMHA Ontario conferenceCMHA Ontario is hosting a series of mental health and addictions related training opportunities on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 as part of the first-ever CMHA Ontario Division conference. Sessions include training in Trauma Informed Care, Mental Health Works, Mood Walks, and Motivational Interviewing.

April 23, 2015 New CEO for Canadian Mental Health Association, Windsor-Essex County

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Windsor-Essex County Branch (CMHA-WECB) is delighted to announce that Claudia den Boer Grima is the new CEO effective April 6, 2015.

April 23, 2015 CMHA Ontario to present Mood Walks at Healthy Parks Healthy People conference

hphp_bannerOn May 6-7, 2015, the University of Waterloo will host the first Canadian conference devoted to Healthy Parks Healthy People (HPHP), a worldwide movement to protect the Earth’s two most important assets.

April 23, 2015 Mullets raise thousands for mental health

March Mullet PresentationA fun and unique approach to mental health awareness last month has raised more than $41,000 for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Simcoe County branch.

April 23, 2015 Ontario launches public consultations to improve access to affordable housing

Ontario is launching consultations for a renewed Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy to support the province’s goals of improving outcomes for people and ending homelessness.  The Consultation Discussion Guide outlines the progress of the current strategy, future goals and areas where more input from partners is needed. Participants can submit their views to the government online, by telephone or in writing by July 3, 2015.