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Mental Health Notes

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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.

March 24, 2016 CMHA announces Dr. Patrick Smith as new national CEO

Irene Merie, Chair of the Board of Directors for The Canadian Mental Health Association, is pleased to announce that Dr. Patrick Smith is CMHA’s new national CEO. With a PhD in clinical psychology, he brings considerable experience to this position, having worked in leadership roles in the mental health and addictions sectors for more than 20 years.

March 11, 2016 Legal Aid Ontario launches new mental health strategy

LAO coverLegal Aid Ontario (LAO) has developed a new Mental Health Strategy to better serve people with lived experiences of mental health and addictions.

March 10, 2016 CMHA webinar series highlights need for supports in refugee mental health

keyboard-supportCMHA Ontario hosted two webinars in February to share expertise and support the community mental health sector in responding to the needs of Syrian and other refugee populations. Each webinar focused on providing people and organizations in the community mental health sector with information, tools and resources to inform work with marginalized populations.

March 4, 2016 Talk Today games reach the masses in February

sting3The point of the Talk Today awareness games last month – a collaboration between CMHA branches and Ontario Hockey League (OHL) teams – was to get people talking about mental health.

February 26, 2016 Provincial budget doesn’t address mental health and addictions needs for Ontarians

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario Division is disappointed with the lack of new investment in mental health and addictions. Thousands of Ontarians are forced to continue waiting for vital supportive housing and mental health and addictions services.

February 23, 2016 Possible faster access to PTSD treatment coming for first responders

New proposed legislation will result in faster access to treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for first responders in Ontario.

February 11, 2016 Sudbury police officer assists individual in crisis

A Sudbury police officer recognized a woman was having a mental health crisis and de-escalated the situation using CMHA-approved techniques.

January 28, 2016 Our new look

Welcome to the new and improved Mental Health Notes. We’ve decided to freshen up the look and format of our biweekly newsletter and we hope you enjoy it.

January 28, 2016 Bell Let’s Talk gets people talking

Bell Lets TalkThe latest edition of Bell Let’s Talk took over the Twitterverse and airwaves on Jan. 27, and the one-day stigma-busting campaign didn’t disappoint. CMHA Ontario did its part join the discussion as well.

January 28, 2016 CMHA working to bolster mental health supports for Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees arriving in Canada are at substantially higher risk than the general population for poor mental health due to their exposure to trauma, torture and violence. That’s why the Canadian Mental Health Association has introduced a number of initiatives to help ensure that refugees receive the mental health support they need.