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October 23, 2014 Understanding systemic pathways into and out of youth homelessness

What are the common pathways leading youth into and out of homelessness? This is the question that guides a new research study in Winnipeg, Manitoba. By understanding these pathways, the study hopes to address barriers facing homeless youth and ultimately lead to a more collaborative system. Read the full report.

October 23, 2014 Get your groove on! Participate in a fundraiser for mental health awareness

Claire Barron of Guelph, Ontario has launched a unique fund-raising initiative and mental health awareness campaign that encourages people anywhere to Dance Like Nobody’s Watching. 

October 23, 2014 National awareness week highlights importance of patient-safety issues

CPSWFrom October 27 to October 31, 2014, healthcare providers, patients and families will celebrate Canadian Patient Safety Week (CSPW) across Canada. Led by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI), CSPW is a national annual campaign to increase awareness of patient-safety issues.

October 16, 2014 October is Occupational Therapy Month

Occupational therapy (OT) is the art and science of enabling people to perform the occupations that foster health and well-being. Accordingly, OT practice is a core component of an integrated mental health system. This month, the contributions of Occupational Therapists (OTs) across the country are being celebrated.

October 9, 2014 New federal and provincial initiatives to support the health and well-being of older adults

Canada has an aging population. By 2016, individuals over the age of 65 will account for a larger share of the population than children aged 0-14. Therefore, programs and services to support older adults are valuable and necessary. Fortunately, both the federal and provincial governments appreciate this need and are implementing programs to support the health and well-being of older adults.

September 25, 2014 MHCC releases report on police education and training

TEMPO REPORT COVERThe Mental Health Commission (MHCC) has released TEMPO: Police Interactions – A report towards improving interactions between police and people living with mental health problems.

September 25, 2014 Balancing Individual Safety, Community Safety and Life Quality conference report now available

MHCC conference report coverCMHA Ontario staff attended the first-of-its-kind national two-day conference in March 2014, co-hosted by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC).

 

September 25, 2014 CMHA Ontario kicks off Mental Illness Awareness Week with Twitter chat

Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is an annual national public education campaign designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness. The week was established in 1992 by the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and is now coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) in cooperation with all its member organizations and many other supporters across Canada.

August 14, 2014 StatsCan releases report on the mental health of the Canadian Armed Forces

About 1 in 6 members of the Canadian Forces reported that they experienced mental health or alcohol disorder symptoms in the last 12 months, the 2013 Mental Health Survey found.

July 17, 2014 Snowshoe inquiry prompts calls to improve mental health services for inmates

A recent public inquiry into the death of Edward Snowshoe in the federal penitentiary system has renewed calls across the country to improve coordination of mental health and justice services, particularly for inmates with mental health histories.