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November 7, 2013 Campus mental health focus of upcoming knowledge-exchange event

CICMH_logoOntario’s Centre for Innovation on Campus Mental Health (CICMH), which has a mission to help Ontario’s colleges and universities enhance capacity to help support student mental health and wellbeing, is gearing up for a full-day knowledge-exchange event on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.

November 7, 2013 CMHA Ontario attends Forum on Youth Mental Health and Justice

On October 30, 2013, the Ministries of Children and Youth Services, Attorney General and Education came together to host an important Forum on Youth Mental Health and Justice. This event comes after the inquest of a 16-year old youth who died while in custody, and a growing concern that recommendations from child death inquests are seldom carried out.

November 7, 2013 CMHA Ontario Director Appointed MHCC Vice Chair

Uppala Chandrasekera

CMHA Ontario would like to congratulate its Director of Policy and Planning, Uppala Chandrasekera, on her appointment as Vice Chair for the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC).

November 7, 2013 CMHA Ottawa celebrates 60 years of mental health service

CMHA Ottawa reached a milestone of 60 years of service in Ottawa’s mental health community this year, with the event marked recently with a celebration at the CMHA National conference. The organization began in 1953 when a small group of Ottawa citizens came together to determine the mental health needs of the Ottawa region. Originally led by a team of volunteers, CMHA Ottawa is now a leader in mental health services and resources for the Ottawa area.

October 24, 2013 CMHA 2013 National Conference Highlights

On Oct 17 and 18, 2013, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) held its annual national conference. Hosted by CMHA Ottawa, the conference focused on addressing the social determinants of mental health and addictions, in recognition of the fact that a person’s mental health is influenced by a range of factors. These factors, referred to as the social determinants of health, include life experiences, workplace or other environments, housing, Income and other socio-economic conditions.

October 24, 2013 CMHA Ontario Welcomes New Director of Policy and Planning

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario is pleased to announce that Uppala Chandrasekera has joined the organization as Director of Policy and Planning.

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.