Mental Health Notes
There are signs that police forces across Ontario are trying to work to better respond to individuals who are experiencing a mental health crisis.
The 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.”
To 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
Are you a peer supporter? If so, OPDI’s Community of Practice wants your input.
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.