Mental Health Notes
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.
In recognition of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, on Dec. 3 community speakers with lived experience and mental health accessibility advocates gathered to celebrate the launch of CMHA Ontario’s enablingminds.ca mental health accessibility website.
Looking for a unique, meaningful gift this holiday season? CMHA Ontario is pleased to provide you with a special, stress-free way to acknowledge your loved ones during this festive season. Send a holiday tribute gift to CMHA Ontario and help provide hope to individuals with mental health issues and their families.
The Government of Ontario has announced two developments related to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The first is the release of the final proposed changes to the Customer Service Standard under the AODA. The changes are based on recommendations made by the Accessibility Standards Advisory Council/Standards Development Committee in 2013 and 2014. Comments from the public will be received until Dec. 31. For more information and details of the changes, visit the Service Ontario website.
Eighty participants tuned in to a webinar on Dec. 7 to learn about a successful court discharge protocol implemented at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC) and co-developed by CMHA Champlain East.
Watch the first webinar in the Health Canada Drug Treatment Funding Program (DTFP) Ontario webinar series. This webinar provides:
- An overview of the evidence-based staged screening and assessment process and the new tools;
- A look at the reports that will be generated by the electronic administration of the assessment tool;
- An update on the implementation status and plans (including training and certification); and
- Information about impacts to the system, agencies, and clients.