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October 9, 2014 CMHA Ontario co-hosts Twitter chat on alternative treatments for depression

On Friday October 3, 2014, CMHA Ontario, Mobilizing Minds and mindyourmind teamed up to host a Twitter discussion on alternative treatments for depression to kick off Mental Illness Awareness Week, happening October 5-11, 2014.

October 9, 2014 CMHA Ontario participates in Law Commission of Ontario focus group

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) is hosting 32 focus groups to inform its project on reforming the Health Care Consent Act and Substitute Decisions Act. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario participated in their most recent focus group to discuss legal capacity, decision-making and guardianship. The LCO is concentrating on the following aspects of this issue:

October 9, 2014 CMHA Ontario’s Mark Henick raising awareness during Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW)

Mark Henick is Program Manager for Mental Health Works at the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario. He is also a mental health advocate and counselor; helping others conquer stigma and systemic barriers. This year, Henick has been chosen as one of five of Faces of Mental Illness by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH).

October 9, 2014 Across Boundaries Annual General Meeting

Critical responses to violence and policing in mental health were the topics presented by guest speakers Anthony Morgan and Shane Martinez during the Across Boundaries Annual General Meeting in Toronto on September 29, 2014.

September 25, 2014 CMHA Ontario sparks dialogue about mental health resources available on and off campus

Mental Health NewsCanadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario is featured in Mediaplanet’s latest edition of Mental Health, a print and online publication that appeared in Metro newspapers in Toronto and Ottawa on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

September 25, 2014 Report explores how, why and when racialized groups in Ontario use hospital EDs for mental health and addictions

A new report explores how racialized populations in Ontario use emergency departments (ED) when it comes to mental health and/or addictions-related issues.

September 25, 2014 CMHA Blogs for Qualaxia: Listening to Lived Experience

In her most recent blog for Qualaxia, a national mental health network, CMHA Ontario policy analyst Sheela Subramanian writes about the value of listening to people with lived experience of mental health issues when tackling complex policy problems.  The blog explores how lived experience enhanced the work of one partnership.

September 25, 2014 CMHA Sudbury-Manitoulin celebrates 30 years

The Canadian Mental Health Association Sudbury-Manitoulin Branch has a big reason to celebrate this year. Tuesday September 9, 2014 marked the organization’s 30th year serving individuals and their families in Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin.

August 27, 2014 Peer support in the emergency department: Experiences for racialized people with mental health issues

The use of peer support in the emergency department (ED) is an emerging practice. In a recent issue of EENet’s Promising Practices, Raymond Cheng profiles two scenarios: One is the inner city hospital with the dense and diverse populations it serves, and its use of a Community Support Worker; the second is the future establishment of peer navigators in the Central Local health Integration Network (LHIN) at two sites – one in the city, and another serving a broader suburban area. Each offers some lessons and implications for their respective use by racialized people with mental health issues..

This Promising Practice arose from the work of the Community of Interest for Racialized Populations and Mental Health and Addictions (COI). CMHA Ontario is a member of the COI steering committee.

To read the full promising practice, visit the EENet website.

August 14, 2014 Iacobucci releases Toronto police review on encounters with people in crisis

Former Chief Justice Frank Iacobucci has released a review of documents, policies and procedures of the Toronto Police Service and its interactions with people in crisis, offering up 84 recommendations.