On March 26, the Community of Interest (COI) for Racialized Populations and Mental Health and Addictions held a think tank to explore mental health and/or addictions-related emergency department (ED) use by racialized populations in Ontario. This event brought together 100 participants from across Ontario, including representatives from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), Local Health Integration Networks, hospitals, community-based mental health and addictions agencies, research institutes, the policing and first responders sector, and people with lived experience of mental health and/or addictions issues and racialization.
On Friday, March 15, 2013, Minding Our Bodies held a knowledge exchange and networking forum in Toronto, Ontario, to showcase the most promising practices based on the 2012/2013 Minding Our Bodies-funded programs. Program coordinators/ managers and allied partners shared what works in physical activity and healthy eating programming to support people at risk of, or living with, mental health and addiction issues. More than 45 people participated in the full-day workshop, hosted at the YWCA Elm Centre, a community support centre dedicated to improving the lives of girls and women.
The Canadian Mental Health Association, (CMHA) Grand River Branch and Trellis Mental Health and Development Services (Trellis) officially launched their merger on April 1st, 2013, making CMHA Waterloo Wellington Dufferin branch the largest community mental health provider in Ontario. The new organization will have 11 locations in the tri-city area, Guelph and Orangeville, and a combined budget of $30 million.
A few webinar spaces remain for the think tank about racialized communities, mental health and addictions, and emergency department (ED) use in Ontario. This webinar will feature live streaming of an event hosted by the Community of Interest (COI) for Racialized Populations and Mental Health and Addictions on March 26, 2013 at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.
The Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) in partnership with the Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) is hosting a free webinar on Thursday, March 28 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on police-emergency department issues. Police officers, by virtue of their role as emergency responders, are often the first to arrive on the scene of a mental health crisis, and they often accompany individuals to the emergency room. Police officers and emergency room staff can offer unique insight about how to make the emergency room more efficient for all, both in terms of reducing wait-times for police officers and increasing care for the person in crisis. This webinar will highlight strategies for implementing police-emergency department protocols and provide an example of a successful protocol from Hamilton, Ontario.