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February 27, 2014 Peer support improves children’s self-esteem and promotes healthy eating

Cover of Manitoba's Healthy Buddies Pilot Project report. Image links to report PDF.A new Manitoba study showed that peer mentoring in elementary school can have beneficial health effects for both mentors and mentees. The healthy living program, called Healthy Buddies, involved pairing students aged nine to 12 with children aged six to eight. The older students received 21 weekly lessons from teachers on healthy eating, positive self-esteem and physical activity, which they then passed on to the younger children. Key messages were, “Go Move!”, “Go Fuel!” and “Go Feel Good!”

February 27, 2014 Participate in The Play Exchange, Canada’s Active Living Challenge

playexchange logoOn February 22, 2014, the Government of Canada together with its partners launched The Play Exchange, an innovative initiative that asks Canadians to submit  ideas on how we can all be more active.

February 13, 2014 Jury issues recommendations in triple-shooting inquest; CMHA Ontario offers its opinion

The jury in an Ontario coroner’s inquest into the deaths of Reyal Jardine-Douglas, Sylvia Klibingaitis and Michael Eligon, three mentally ill Toronto residents fatally shot by police, has released dozens of recommendations to help prevent similar tragedies in the future.

February 13, 2014 CMHA Ontario hosts consultations on Legal Aid Ontario’s Mental Health Strategy

CMHA Ontario continues to play a role in the ongoing development of Legal Aid Ontario’s (LAO) Mental Health Strategy, hosting two recent consultation sessions that garnered input from key stakeholder groups.

February 13, 2014 Start a Mood Walks group for older adults

moodwalksAre you interested in starting a walking group for older adults living with a mental illness? Join us for a one-hour information webinar on Friday, February 21, 2014, at 11 a.m., to find out how your organization can participate in the Mood Walks project. The webinar is open to mental health service providers, consumer/survivor initiatives, hiking clubs, conservation areas, and other community organizations in Ontario.

February 13, 2014 CMHA Ottawa brings mental illnesses out of the shadows with new video

CMHA Ottawa is working to combat stereotypes of mental health conditions by sharing personal stories of people living with mental health issues.

February 13, 2014 CMHA London accepting nominations for 2014 Mental Health Champions

CMHA London Breakfast of champions bannerNominations are now open for Canadian Mental Health Association, London-Middlesex branch’s annual Champion of Mental Health Awards. Each year, CMHA London selects two recipients – an individual and an organization – who have overcome mental health challenges or advanced mental health issues.

February 13, 2014 CMHA Ontario blogs

Qualaxia-logoCMHA Ontario has joined the blogosphere thanks to a collaboration with the Qualaxia Network. Qualaxia is a national network of mental health-based researchers, experts, decision-makers, managers and clinicians. The blog features short pieces about emerging mental health planning, policy or service-delivery issues that impact Canada and the provinces.

February 13, 2014 Survey of caregiver needs for people living with episodic disability in Ontario

CWGHR logoThe Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR) is leading an initiative to understand and develop a model to effectively address the needs of family/friend caregivers of people living with episodic disability in Ontario.

February 13, 2014 Upcoming summit to focus on children and youth mental health

2014 Summit for Children and Youth Mental HealthCircle your calendars for the 2014 Summit for Children and Youth Mental Health, hosted by the Coalition for Children and Youth Mental Health (CCYMH). The summit takes place in Toronto from  April 3-4, 2014.  The CCYMH is a multi-sector group committed to improving mental health services for children and youth in Ontario. The summit will bring together educators, professional student services personnel, mental health and health professionals, children service agencies, child service advocates, families and students.