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Provincial News

February 26, 2015 Province to create a mental health bed registry

The provincial government announced this week that it is creating a province-wide registry of mental health beds as part of a $28 million investment in mental health and addictions services.

February 26, 2015 Calling all youth! Use your creativity to combat stigma

changetheview2015Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) is inviting young people across the province to tap into their creative side and take part in Change the View, a YouTube video contest that aims to eliminate the stigma around children’s mental health issues.

February 26, 2015 Microfinance and Mental Health: Business with a social conscience

A ‘social enterprise’ is a business involved in the production and or selling of goods and services for the blended purpose of generating income and achieving social, cultural, or environmental aims.

February 12, 2015 Trading up: New program hopes to steer youth away from crime

Trading Up LogoYouth at risk of coming into contact with the law face multiple challenges including unstable home environments, homelessness and poverty. Drug addictions, prostitution, crime and gang involvement can seem like easy solutions to these challenges but a new trades training centre aims to give these youth another option.

February 12, 2015 Historic gains made on addressing sexual violence on Ontario’s campuses

Ontario’s largest student group – which represents 350,000 college, undergraduate and graduate students – met with Premier Kathleen Wynne recently to discuss campus sexual violence and how schools can better prevent and respond to it. Specifically, the students hoped the meeting would help push colleges and universities to adopt stand-alone sexual assault policies and provide education on sexual violence.

February 12, 2015 Transforming Ontario’s health care system: report

The Ontario government has introduced the next phase of its health care action plan. Patients First: Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care was first released in 2012 and outlinedhow the province would increase access to better and more coordinated care, and ensure the health care system was sustainable.

January 29, 2015 Expert Advisory Panel to help end homelessness in Ontario

great minds_expert panelLast year, the government set a bold long-term goal to end homelessness in Ontario as part of the Poverty Reduction Strategy. The province has since appointed a new Expert Advisory Panel on Homelessness that will provide practical advice on how to best approach this goal.

January 29, 2015 For military families dealing with PTSD, program offers healing

COPE logoChris Linford, a retired lieutenant-colonel, was deployed to Rwanda in 1994. There in the midst of the genocide, he was deeply impacted by what he saw, leaving him “profoundly altered.” Chris returned home and began experiencing symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He struggled to control his anger, depression and insomnia on his own until he sought help in 2004, 10 years later. Chris’ wife, Kathryn, and his three children were also significantly impacted by his PTSD.

January 29, 2015 Ontario’s legal community sparking new dialogue on mental health

Opening Remarks Screen ShotWhen Ontario Bar Association (OBA) president, Orlando Da Silva, spoke candidly about his own struggles with mental health, his story struck a chord with many in the profession. Subsequently, the OBA has launched a new initiative called Opening Remarks, aimed at addressing mental health in the legal sector.

January 29, 2015 More funds for student mental health in Ontario

Ontario is supporting 14 projects to address post-secondary students’ access to mental health services. This announcement came just after Premier Kathleen Wynne’s 10-day tour of Ontario colleges and universities, where the main issues raised were preventing sexual violence on campus and improving mental health services for post-secondary students.