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October 1, 2015 Try these 7 tips to make a difference during Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month (Oct. 1-31)

mhw_logo_engIn any given week, more than half a million Canadians will be absent from work because they’re struggling with their mental health. Seventy per cent of disability costs are related to mental illness. By the year 2020, depression will rank second only to heart disease as the leading cause of disability worldwide.

October 1, 2015 Mental health funding in Canada is getting another boost from Bell Let’s Talk

logo_letstalk_enBell announced Monday that its national mental health initiative is being extended for another five years, upping financial support to $100 million by the end of 2020.

October 1, 2015 Alberta losing addiction and mental health chief

The government of Alberta is not renewing the contract for the province’s chief addiction and mental health officer, the Edmonton Journal reports.

August 13, 2015 National Conference on Ending Homelessness

Canadian Alliance conferenceOnline registration is now open for the Canadian Alliance  National Conference on Ending Homelessness, November 2-4, 2015 at the Hôtel Bonaventure Montréal.


July 10, 2015 Therapy dogs to provide mental health support for athletes at Pan Am games

Therapy dog -For the first time in Pan Am games history, mental health support for athletes will include visits from 125 special dogs.

June 19, 2015 MHCC releases recovery-oriented guidelines

MHCC Recovery GuidelinesThe Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) recently released the Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice. The first of their kind in Canada, the guidelines aim to provide comprehensive information on recovery and recovery principles for mental health professionals, policy and decision makers, all individuals accessing mental health services and their supporters. The release of the guidelines marks the third and final step of the MHCCs’ Recovery Initiative, which included the creation of The Recovery Declaration, a tool to facilitate dialogue, as well as an online inventory of recovery resources.

June 19, 2015 StatsCan releases report on police interactions with individuals with mental health and addictions issues

JuristatA recent article in the StatsCan periodical Juristat reveals new data on the frequency of contact that individuals with mental health and addictions issues have with police.

June 5, 2015 Howard Sapers, Canada’s prison ombudsman, will not be reappointed

CBC’s The Current recently reported that after 11 years of service as Canada’s Correctional Investigator, Howard Sapers has been told that he will not be reappointed for the role. The CBC made note that this decision comes in advance of a Federal election later this year. Prior Correctional Investigators have held the position for up to 25 years.

May 21, 2015 Canada’s Correctional Services Crisis

Crisis in Correctional Services coverLack of mental health training for correctional officers, overcrowding and poor treatment of individuals with mental health issues are the key issues identified in a recent report by the Public Services Foundation of Canada (PSFC), titled Crisis in Correctional Services.

April 23, 2015 CMHA National releases position on police record checks

CMHA National recently released a position statement on the “Right to Privacy related to Mental Health Information contained within Police Records.” This position statement comes in the wake of the announcement that the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services in Ontario will be drafting new legislation on what police services can and cannot disclose. The BC Information and Privacy Commissioner has also issued an order stating that information related to an individual’s mental health should not be included in police information checks.