In case you missed it, Ontario subscribers to Canada’s largest daily newspaper received a special mental health report in a recent issue of the Toronto Star. The report, simply titled, “Mental Health” featured a front-page column by Camille Quenneville, CEO, CMHA Ontario.
CMHA Ontario would like thank readers for their feedback over the past year which has allowed us to grow and improve Mental Health Notes with each passing issue.
Mental Health Notes will be taking a short break after this issue, but will be back on January 30, 2014.
CMHA Ontario wishes you all a happy holiday season.
CMHA Ontario was among more than three dozen participants from many sectors across the province to share knowledge about comprehensive approaches to community safety during a special forum hosted by the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO).
Last week the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Community of Interest hosted a sold-out forum titled, Realizing the Potential of HEIA: Lessons Learned. The event brought together HEIA experts and users from across and beyond the health system.
Mental health organizations and individuals with lived experience of mental illness are invited to complete a brief survey for Mood Walks, a project to support community mental health organizations across Ontario to launch educational walking programs for older adults.
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario and Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO) are working collaboratively to lead an initiative that will support community-based mental health and addictions organizations enhance quality improvement.
Public education has been a core function of CMHA and the availability of a network of public educators and mental health promoters in CMHA branches across the province represents an opportunity for effective public engagement in early psychosis intervention. CMHA Ontario is taking the opportunity to showcase its network of public educators at the Early Psychosis Ontario Think Tank on Education and Outreach which takes place November 21-22, 2013 in Toronto.
Several of Ontario’s largest police services are making use of increased decision-making power handed down by the province over the summer when it comes to the availability of conductive energy weapons (CEWs) for front-line officers. In late August, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services announced that police services will be allowed to decide which of its officers can carry CEWs. Since then, several police services, including in Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa have proposed expanded use of CEWs.
CMHA Ontario is warning residents in two Ontario communities after it has become aware of a person or persons in the Toronto and Hamilton areas that are using fake door-to-door fundraising schemes.
CMHA Ontario and its partner, the Provincial Human Service and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC), is pleased that feedback provided to the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG) is reflected in new, key recommendations to improve the provincial bail system.