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May 22, 2014 OCPDA releases Healthiest Province 2014 campaign

The Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (OCDPA), formed in 2003 to address the urgent need for integrated action and collaboration on the issue of chronic disease prevention, aims to bring concerns regarding the state of health in Ontario to political party leaders, MPPs and nominated candidates in the leadup to the upcoming election. .

May 22, 2014 New reports on police record checks unveiled

John Howard Society reportDuring the 2014 Victoria Day weekend, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the John Howard Society of Ontario (JHSO) jointly released 2 reports on police record checks.

May 22, 2014 Discover Ontario’s Neuroscience Asset Map

ktelogoDid you know that there are over 800 neuroscience researchers, 130 brain-related companies, and 100 institutions involved in neuroscience in Ontario? On Wednesday, June 4, the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) will be hosting an introduction to the Neuroscience Asset Map, a dynamic tool that allows users ranging from patients, researchers, companies, and not-for-profit organizations to discover and connect with neuroscience resources across Ontario.

May 22, 2014 OCAD U: Meeting the mental health needs of post-secondary students

According to the 2013 National College Health Assessment survey of 32 post-secondary institutions in Canada, 38 percent of students reported feeling “so depressed it was difficult to function,” and almost 10 percent had seriously considered suicide. While many postsecondary institutions offer mental health services, very few have comprehensive, overarching mental health strategies.

May 22, 2014 Using mobile technology to serve transitional-aged youth

Studies show that youth text an average of 3,000 times a month and always have their mobile phones on them. In line with this research, LOFT Community Services field staff now use mobile technology to support and be better linked with transitional-aged youth with mental health and/or addiction issues in the downtown Toronto area.

May 22, 2014 New resource available that identifies treatment options for depression

Informed Choices about DepressionMajor depression is one of the most common mental health problems. About one in six Canadians will experience an episode of depression during their lifetime.  To address this issue, there is a new evidence-based resource available that inform individuals about effective treatments for depression. The online resource is called Informed Choices About Depression.

May 22, 2014 New study finds mental illness not usually linked to crime

Jillian Peterson, PhD, conducted a study on 142 offenders with a serious mental illness in the United States who committed 429 crimes. The study looked specifically at three major types of mental illnesses including depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorders and asked participants to provide a criminal history and mental health symptoms for the past 15 years.

May 22, 2014 Improving care for youth with concurrent disorders: A new policy paper

Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health logoThe Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health has launched a new policy paper, Pathways to care for youth with concurrent mental health and substance use disorders.

This paper examines the unique challenges faced by young people experiencing both mental health and addiction issues. It describes current efforts to bridge the gaps in the system and suggests system- and service-level changes that could improve the availability, timeliness, coordination and effectiveness of services across sectors for youth presenting with concurrent disorders.

May 22, 2014 Your chance to influence mental health provincial policies

Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health logoWould you like to see an effective, accessible and coordinated mental health system that makes sense for Ontario children, youth and families? Are you a service provider, leader, researcher, youth or family member who’s ready to put your experience to work at the provincial level? The Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health wants to hear from you!

 

May 16, 2014 CMHA Ontario joins provincial police for launch of new mental health tool

CMHA Ontario has offered its support to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) as the force launched a new mental health screening tool that will help officers assist individuals experiencing a mental health crisis receive suitable care.