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October 18, 2013 CMHA Ontario submits minimum wage recommendations to Ontario government advisory panel

Minimum wage should be increased incrementally to 10 percent above the poverty line by 2018, states a CMHA Ontario submission to a government appointed panel advising Queen’s Park about future changes to minimum wage.

October 17, 2013 CMHA Ontario presents findings of mental health and diabetes project at national conference

Training mental health peer support workers so that they can help people living with mental illness understand the risk of developing diabetes and learn prevention and self-management strategies is a success story that can be emulated across the country.

October 10, 2013 UK Researcher seeks CMHA Ontario input about mental health and justice

On Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, CMHA Ontario met with Paula Reid, who was recently awarded a Travel Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to explore best practices for individuals with mental health issues who have come into contact with the criminal justice system.

October 10, 2013 Mental Health Series Project supported by Yahoo Canada

The Mental Health Series project, a partnership between CMHA Ontario and Motion Picture Enterprises, received significant web exposure over the past two months thanks to Yahoo Canada.

October 7, 2013 Bell launches Bell Blue Box Program across Canada during Mental Illness Awareness Week

Recycle your used/old mobile phones at your local Bell store and help mental health initiatives across the country

Image of old phone courtesy of markuso / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

By recycling their mobile devices through the Bell Blue Box Program, Canadians can support mental health initiatives while helping the environment. The program provides Canadians with an environmentally responsible way of disposing of their used mobile phones, batteries and accessories. Bell will donate net proceeds from the program to CMHA as part of its Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative.

 You can return your used/old mobile devices to any Bell store.

September 26, 2013 CMHA Ontario voices concerns about StatsCan mental health data on local, national media

With the release of new mental health data from Statistics Canada, the Canadian Mental Health Association shared its reaction to the news with a number of media outlets.

September 26, 2013 New StatsCan reports highlight Canada’s mental health needs

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario and Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO) applaud Statistics Canada for its effort to assess and explore whether the mental health care needs of Canadians are being met.  However, both CMHA Ontario and AMHO have concerns about the data Statistics Canada released on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.

September 26, 2013 CMHA Ontario and community partners launch online integration resource

integration resources websiteCMHA Ontario is pleased to announce a new online resource that will help community health organizations survive and thrive in the world of integration pressures and opportunities. Officially launched today, Integration Resources brings you up-to-date information on principles and practices that make or break integration initiatives.  You can find research and case studies on the whole spectrum of integration, from informal coordination to mergers or amalgamations. All the relevant government directives related to integration, including federal statutes that guarantee linguistic and health care rights, are also included. To help you address the personal and organizational challenges of integration, the site also includes tools such as readiness surveys and checklists. We also welcome you to upload relevant and useful materials to Integration Resources so that others can learn from your experiences.

September 26, 2013 Mental health advocate shares inspirational story about struggle with suicide

mark-henickMark Henick, a case manager from CMHA Toronto, earned the opportunity to share his story and views about suicide at the TEDxToronto Conference on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013.

September 12, 2013 CMHA Branches speak out about mental health and policing

As local and provincial media continue to discuss the role of police in crisis response and de-escalation for people with mental health issues, several CMHA branches have shared their experiences in working with local police to serve the greater community.