Registration is open for the Real Stories, Real Hope panel discussion organized by CMHA Halton.
Mental Health Notes will be taking a little break over the summer. Rather than publish every two weeks, the e-newsletter, which is distributed to nearly 3,000 subscribers, will be published once a month in July and August.
We will return to our regular publication schedule in the fall and continue to deliver interesting and informative mental health and addictions-related news, events and announcements.
The Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Alliance is a coalition of nine organizations, including CMHA Ontario, from across the continuum of care – from community to hospital services, including consumer and family organizations. The goal of the Alliance is to ensure that mental health and addictions are a priority during the 2014 provincial election campaign.
Mental health-related wait times and emergency department (ED) use were topics that CMHA Ontario addressed during two presentations at Addictions and Mental Health Ontario’s annual conference which took place from May 25-27, 2014.
For individuals who are doubly marginalized as racialized individuals and individuals with mental health issues, increasing access to quality primary care plays a significant role in improving health outcomes and reducing visits to the emergency department.
CMHA Niagara and more than 65 other organizations committed to mental health services and mental wellness promotion have created the Niagara Mental Health and Addictions Charter, a first for the region and possibly for Ontario.
In our second blog for Qualaxia, a national mental health network, CMHA Ontario shares its experience of working collaboratively to build a community of interest that would improve mental health policy, planning and service delivery.
- Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers.
- People with mental health issues face discrimination in employment, housing and many other essential and health-promoting areas of life.
- Northern Ontarians face the highest rates of depression, hospitalization and medication use, but have access to less comprehensive, available and accessible mental health services and supports.
The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health– a partnership project involving Colleges Ontario, the Council of Ontario Universities, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, the College Student Alliance and the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division – is offering a webinar on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 1-2 p.m. with Good2Talk.
The Mayor of Windsor, Eddie Francis, recently proclaimed that May will be recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month across the southwestern Ontario city of about 200,000 people.
In the proclamation, the City of Windsor recognizes that mental health disability is an enormous business and economic issue, costing Canadians billions of dollars annually due to lost productivity.