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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 8, 2014 Mental Health Twitter chat highlights importance of positive mental health

twitterchatOn Wednesday, May 7, 2014, CMHA Ontario and Children’s Mental Health Ontario teamed up to host a Twitter discussion on positive mental health for Mental Health Week.

May 8, 2014 CMHA Ontario CEO promotes Mental Health Week 2014 on CBC Radio

Camille Quenneville, CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario told CBC Radio that Mental Health Week (MHW) 2014 is a prime opportunity for people to lose the stigma and speak about the issue of mental health.

May 8, 2014 CMHA Ontario participates in Dean Mayo Moran’s AODA review

CMHA Ontario was pleased to present a mental health perspective on the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) to Mayo Moran, Dean of the University of Toronto law school, as part of her legislative review of the Act. Moran was appointed in September 2013 to conduct this review of the AODA, and as part of the process, held consultations in London, Toronto, Thunder Bay and Ottawa. CMHA Ontario participated in the Toronto consultation on April 29, 2014.

May 8, 2014 CMHA Ontario co-presents children’s mental health workshop

high five and st albans boys and girls club CMHA Ontario recently partnered with HIGH FIVE and the St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club to co-present a workshop at the Boys and Girls Club of Canada (BGCC) 2014 National Conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The workshop explored the role of after school programs in strengthening children’s mental health and was well-attended by after school program providers.

May 8, 2014 CMHA Oxford County organizing 30th annual crisis workers conference; register now

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Registration is open for the Crisis Workers Society of Ontario (CWSO) 2014 annual conference, this year organized by CMHA Oxford County.

May 8, 2014 Reminder: CMHA Ontario offers free webinar on HEIA in community mental health

HEIA webinar flyerJoin CMHA Ontario, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), and Health Nexus for a free training webinar on how to use the MOHLTC Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) tool in community mental health. The session will take place on May 21, 2014 from 10 a.m. to noon.

May 8, 2014 New provincial law increases job protection for family member caregivers

A new provincial law has been created to strengthen job protection for family member caregivers. The Family Caregivers Bill, which was passed on April 29, 2014, increases existing family medical leave by introducing three new types of leave:

  • Family caregiver leave, which provides up to 8 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for workers who provide care or support to a family members with a senior medical condition
  • Critically-ill child care Leave, which provides up to 37 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for family caregivers of critically ill children
  • Crime-related child death or disappearance leave, which provides workers with up to 52 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for parents of a missing child and up to 103 unpaid, job-protected leave for parents of a child who has died due to crime.
May 8, 2014 Addressing youth suicide: the second leading cause of death for young people

Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health logoThe Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health has launched a toolkit called, “Together to Live: A toolkit for addressing youth suicide in your community”. The purpose of this resource is to provide tools and information to assist service providers in mobilizing their communities around youth suicide prevention, risk management and postvention. It also offers an opportunity for community networks or coalitions to share what they are doing to address youth suicide through the Communities in action section.

May 8, 2014 Disproportionately high youth suicide rates in the Aboriginal population

The average rate of suicide in Canada among Aboriginal youth is about five to six times higher than non-Aboriginal youth. Chief Peter Moonias from the Neskantaga First Nation spoke recently about the alarmingly high rate of suicide in his small community of 420 residents, of which 60 percent are youth.

May 8, 2014 How to cope with long wait-times for child and youth mental health services

One in five children and youth has a mental health condition; yet, fewer than 25 percent receive treatment. Additionally, it can take several months to obtain an appointment with a mental health professional, which can be extremely frustrating for everyone involved.