Ontario announced this week that it will be increasing financial assistance rates for Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and Ontario Works. This is welcome news for people with lived experience of mental illnesses in the province, who constitute nearly 50% of ODSP recipients.
Health Quality Ontario has released an open call for volunteers to help form an advisory committee that will set quality standards for care provided to individuals living with schizophrenia within Ontario comminutes.
The Income Security Advocacy Centre and Aboriginal Legal Services challenged the current Medical Transportation policy on behalf of a recipient of the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) on Sept. 19.
A one-of-a-kind partnership will see 180 varsity athletes, coaches, trainers and athletic staff at Sault College receive mental health and suicide awareness training this season.
Guelph Storm defenceman Garrett McFadden was in the news after speaking out about the importance of maintaining positive mental health.
CMHA Ontario and the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest have partnered to evaluate the Living Life to the Full for Caregivers 55+ project. This unique venture works to understand the impact of a mental health promotion program currently being delivered in Toronto in partnership with community agencies. The program, Living Life to the Full, is an 8-week course based on the principles of cognitive behaviour therapy. Also known as “12 hours that can change your life”, Living Life to the Full provides groups with skills and knowledge to cope with life’s challenges.
The Liberal government delivered its speech from the Throne on Sept. 12, after Premier Kathleen Wynne prorogued the Legislature on Sept. 8. The speech was delivered by Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell and focused mainly on the economy, child care and education, electricity rebates and business development. Mention of health care issues focused on primary care investments but did not make any direct mention of mental health initiatives or improvements.
CMHA Ontario participated in a webinar that could mark transformative changes for the Ontario health care system.