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September 25, 2014 CMHA Ontario sparks dialogue about mental health resources available on and off campus

Mental Health NewsCanadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario is featured in Mediaplanet’s latest edition of Mental Health, a print and online publication that appeared in Metro newspapers in Toronto and Ottawa on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

September 25, 2014 Report explores how, why and when racialized groups in Ontario use hospital EDs for mental health and addictions

A new report explores how racialized populations in Ontario use emergency departments (ED) when it comes to mental health and/or addictions-related issues.

September 25, 2014 CMHA Blogs for Qualaxia: Listening to Lived Experience

In her most recent blog for Qualaxia, a national mental health network, CMHA Ontario policy analyst Sheela Subramanian writes about the value of listening to people with lived experience of mental health issues when tackling complex policy problems.  The blog explores how lived experience enhanced the work of one partnership.

September 25, 2014 CMHA Sudbury-Manitoulin celebrates 30 years

The Canadian Mental Health Association Sudbury-Manitoulin Branch has a big reason to celebrate this year. Tuesday September 9, 2014 marked the organization’s 30th year serving individuals and their families in Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin.

August 27, 2014 Peer support in the emergency department: Experiences for racialized people with mental health issues

The use of peer support in the emergency department (ED) is an emerging practice. In a recent issue of EENet’s Promising Practices, Raymond Cheng profiles two scenarios: One is the inner city hospital with the dense and diverse populations it serves, and its use of a Community Support Worker; the second is the future establishment of peer navigators in the Central Local health Integration Network (LHIN) at two sites – one in the city, and another serving a broader suburban area. Each offers some lessons and implications for their respective use by racialized people with mental health issues..

This Promising Practice arose from the work of the Community of Interest for Racialized Populations and Mental Health and Addictions (COI). CMHA Ontario is a member of the COI steering committee.

To read the full promising practice, visit the EENet website.

August 14, 2014 Iacobucci releases Toronto police review on encounters with people in crisis

Former Chief Justice Frank Iacobucci has released a review of documents, policies and procedures of the Toronto Police Service and its interactions with people in crisis, offering up 84 recommendations.

August 14, 2014 Local reporter wins CMHA Ontario media award

Heather Rivers, reporter with the Woodstock Sentinel Review has been named the recipient of the 2014 CMHA Ontario Media Award for excellence reporting on mental health and addictions issues at the local level.

August 14, 2014 Webinar now available online: Using Ontario’s Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Tool in Community Mental Health

heia_bannerCMHA Ontario has partnered with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), Health Nexus and CMHA Toronto to offer a training webinar about Using the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Tool in Community Mental Health.  The webinar, originally conducted on July 17, 2014, was recorded and can be viewed for free at any time by using the links below.

August 14, 2014 CMHA blogs for Qualaxia: Finding the Pieces of the Puzzle

Qualaxia-logoIn her latest blog for Qualaxia, a national online network for mental health system stakeholders, CMHA Ontario policy analyst Sheela Subramanian explains how tackling a complex policy issue can be like building a puzzle – one where the first step is to actually find the pieces.

August 14, 2014 Mood Walks program continues to grow

Mood Walks logo. Linked to Mood Walks websiteCMHA Ontario’s Mood Walks program was featured on CBC radio this week as CMHA Elgin staff and program participants spoke to CBC Ontario Morning on the effectiveness of the program in their community. Participants in the program told CBC correspondent Kerry McKee that the nature walks coordinated by the program bring a sense of calm and focus to their day.