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June 27, 2013 Strong, Free and Happy bike tour promotes physical activity for mental health

Jessica VandenBussche cyclingTwenty-four-year-old Jessica VandenBussche is cycling across Ontario to promote physical activity as a means to improve mental health. On Friday, June 21, the University of Waterloo kinesiology graduate launched the northern leg of her journey near Thunder Bay. Jessica’s route will take her south via Sault Ste. Marie and the Bruce Peninsula, through southwestern Ontario and around the Golden Horseshoe, finishing in Ottawa by mid-July.

June 27, 2013 Executive Director set to retire from Canadian Mental Health Association, Thunder Bay Branch

Maurice Fortin  An outstanding leader and advocate for mental health in Ontario’s north is stepping down from the Canadian Mental Health Association, Thunder Bay Branch.

After more than three decades as executive director of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Thunder Bay branch, Maurice Fortin has his sights set on retirement, effective December, 2013.

June 27, 2013 Toronto Star columnist receives CMHA Ontario Media Award

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Media Award honours journalists or media outlets that have made outstanding contributions to the coverage of mental health issues.

June 27, 2013 CMHA plays key role in new research published in Canadian Journal of Psychiatry

Canadian Journal of Psychiatry's June 2013 issueCanadian Mental Health Association, Ontario and seven northern branches played a key role in a research project about capacity-building of front-line health workers. Results of the project, Continuing Education To Go: Capacity Building in Psychotherapies for Front-Line Mental Health Workers in Underserviced Communities,  were published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry‘s June 2013 issue.

June 27, 2013 Summer schedule ahead for Mental Health Notes

In keeping with past practice, Mental Health Notes will be published once monthly through the summer months of July and August. We’ll return to our regular bi-weekly editions in September.

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June 15, 2013 CMHA Ontario releases 2012/2013 Annual Report

Cover of Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario: 2012/2013 Annual ReportThe Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario (CMHA Ontario) is pleased to announce the release of its 2012/2013 Annual Report. The report highlights achievements and milestones in children and youth mental health, chronic disease prevention and management, action on the social determinants of health, equity, justice, quality improvement, and workplace mental health.

May 30, 2013 CMHA Ontario welcomes new Director of Communications

Camille Quenneville, CEO of Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario, is very pleased to announce that Joe Kim has joined CMHA Ontario as the Director of Communications. Joe brings vast experience to this job, having most recently managed all communications for the city of Orillia, and from his time at Queen’s Park working for provincial cabinet ministers. A former journalist, Joe will help CMHA Ontario develop consistent communications; assist branches with their local needs; play a key role in the “branding” efforts of the association at all three levels of the organization and ensure Canadian Mental Health Association’s presence in all forms of media – social, electronic and print.

Welcome Joe!

May 30, 2013 CMHA and Partners for Mental Health host national awareness day for workplace mental health

On May 9, Partners for Mental Health and CMHA launched the “Not Myself Today” campaign with the aim of soliciting funds and support for improving mental health in the workplace.

May 30, 2013 CMHA Ontario hosts book launch honouring local mental health champion

Linda Chamberlain, a psychiatric survivor and award-winning mental health champion, has published a book sharing her inspiring journey through illness and homelessness.

May 16, 2013 Two Healthy Change Champions honoured

Marion Quigley, CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Sudbury/Manitoulin Branch, and Shana Calixte, Executive Director of NISA/Northern Initiative for Social Action, are being recognized as NE LHIN Healthy Change Champions for their work to create healthier, more inclusive and resilient communities in Sudbury and throughout the North East.