CMHA 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.
In September 2013, Paula Reid, a researcher from the United Kingdom paid a visit to CMHA Ontario to discuss the intersection of criminal justice and mental health and how to better support individuals with mental health issues who have come into contact with the law.
CMHA Nation-Wide Conference – October 22nd-24th, 2014
REGISTRATION IS OPEN – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Opening Ceremony and Keynote
Wednesday, October 22, 5:30 pm
Wednesday, October 22, 9:00 am—3:30 pm
Keynotes and Concurrent Sessions
Thursday and Friday, October 23 and 24
Mental health is a key priority for Legal Aid Ontario, including the development of a mental health strategy that will strengthen the capacity of lawyers, front-line workers and management to improve services for people living with mental health issues.
CMHA Ottawa’s efforts to inform government decision-makers about a key financial issue for people with serious mental illness (SMI) has led to results published by Canadian senators.
A Hamilton-Wentworth (HW) Corrections – Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Working Group that was created last October out of the Hamilton Local Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee have been busy analysing and following up on results from a recent pilot project.
The Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce Branch has a big reason to celebrate this year. The organization is marking 50 years of serving individuals and their families in Grey and Bruce counties area.
On June 18, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) launched its policy on preventing discrimination based on mental health disabilities and addictions. The policy reflects the OHRC’s interpretation of the Ontario Human Rights Code (the Code) with respect to mental health (MH) disabilities and addictions, and provides standards, guidelines and best practice examples. The launch event featured OHRC Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall as well as speakers from the Dream Team, Empowerment Council and Ryerson University.
In June 2014, CMHA Ontario released a revamped map of the Adult Criminal Justice and Mental Health Systems. This map was originally created in 2009 as part of the CMHA Ontario Network issue on Forensic Mental Health (see page 14). The new map provides an overview of the various pathways through the criminal justice and mental health systems with a focus on where these two systems intersect. Although this map provides a general overview, it is important to note that each individual’s case can be different and not all journeys through these systems are reflected in this map.