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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.

May 16, 2013 The Nurture of Nature: The health benefits of nature

The Minding Our Bodies project has released an overview on the relationship of nature to physical and mental health. “The Nurture of Nature: Natural Settings and Their Mental Health Benefits” offers a brief review of recent research examining the impacts of natural environments specifically on mental health and well-being.

May 6, 2013 It’s Mental Health Week! May 6-12, 2013 CMHA’s annual national awareness and education week

Local events and activities planned in hundreds of CMHA community locations across the country

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has been a champion for mental health since 1918 and has played an important role in improving people’s understanding of mental health and mental illness. CMHA introduced Mental Health Week (MHW) in 1951 to raise awareness of mental illness in Canada. MHW today offers people practical ways to maintain and improve their mental health and support their recovery from mental illness.

May 2, 2013 Mental Health Week: May 6-12, 2013

The Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) 62nd Annual Mental Health Week will run Monday, May 6 to Sunday, May 12, 2013. It’s time to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others on all issues relating to mental health. This year’s focus is on youth mental health.

May 2, 2013 CIHR planning grant awarded for “Dietitians and Community Mental Health: Setting the Research Agenda”

Dietitians of Canada (DC), in collaboration with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario (CMHA Ontario), and the University of British Columbia (UBC), is pleased to announce receipt of a one-year planning grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, effective March 1, 2013.

May 2, 2013 Conservation Ontario launches Healthy Hikes Challenge

On May 1, 2013, Conservation Ontario launched the Healthy Hikes Challenge in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario, David Suzuki Foundation, the Ontario Trails Council and others. The challenge invites Ontarians to spend time hiking in the province’s over 270 Conservation Areas and track their progress online for a chance to win great prizes.