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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.

April 18, 2013 CMHA Ontario announces project director for Centre for Innovation on Campus Mental Health

In the last issue of Mental Health Notes, we shared exciting news about the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario (CMHA Ontario) and our lead role in running the Centre for Innovation on Campus Mental Health, in partnership with Collleges Ontario, the Council of Ontario Universities, the College Student Alliance and the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance.

The project will be housed at CMHA Ontario and will run for two years with funds provided by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

April 18, 2013 CMHA Ontario launches redesigned website

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario unveiled its new website today. The new site has a more modern look, allowing visitors to find information on mental health issues easily, learn about CMHA Ontario’s policy work and special projects, and discover ways to get involved with CMHA Ontario. Built-in interactive capabilities allow visitors to share pages and posts easily through social media channels.

April 5, 2013 CMHA Ontario working towards better mental health on campus

On March 26, 2013 the Ontario government announced that it will spend $27 million over three years to address the growing challenges of mental health issues on university campuses.