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November 6, 2014 Increased provincial support to improve campus mental health

Photo courtesy of Toronto Star.

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has extended the Mental Health Innovation Fund (MHIF) by two years, pledging $12 million for mental health services and programs to support post-secondary students

November 6, 2014 Providing care for mental health and addictions in the community

The Four Villages Community Health Centre (CHC) offers primary care services in the west end of Toronto, with programs that include treatment, disease prevention, health promotion, and capacity building. It also provides psychiatric consultations as part of its shared care initiative with St. Joseph’s Health Centre and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

November 6, 2014 Cannabis policy framework

Cannabis is one of the most popular recreational drugs of Canadians, along with alcohol and tobacco. Like those drugs, cannabis is associated with a variety of health harms. But prohibition hasn’t reduced its use or lessened its harms but has, instead, worsened the health harms and created costly social ones.

November 6, 2014 Value-based partnerships – when to keep it or kick it

Partnerships are increasingly becoming a cornerstone of organizational values, strategic priorities, and eligibility for funding and grants. Yet many organizations don’t have a partnership strategy. Leaders continue to invest resources without knowing the exact purpose or the expected returns.

November 6, 2014 Increasing number of Canadians with mental health issues at risk of homelessness: report

A report prepared for the Homelessness Hub on the State of Homelessness in Canada in 2014 shows that over the past decade declining wages, reduced benefit levels including, pensions and social assistance, and a shrinking supply of affordable housing have placed more and more Canadians at risk of homelessness.

November 6, 2014 NHL goalie unmasking mental health issues

Edmonton Oilers’ goalie, Ben Scrivens, along with the Edmonton Oiler’s Community Foundation (EOCF) has launched a new mental health program called Ben’s Netminders.

November 6, 2014 More Canadians using food banks: Food Banks Canada

A new study released this week by Food Banks Canada suggests that the use of food banks has increased across the country in 2014.

November 6, 2014 Mustachioed Canadians raise awareness about male mental health

The beginning of November marked the start of Movember, the month-long fundraising campaign that uses ‘the moustache’ as a catalyst to change the face of men’s health.

November 6, 2014 Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention virtual conference

CASP Conference Screen ShotThe Mental Health Commission of Canada and the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention are trying something new: they are co-hosting the world’s first virtual conference on the topic of suicide prevention, postvention and intervention

October 23, 2014 New CMHA Ontario train-the-trainer initiative to strengthen children's mental health

SCMHWould you or your staff benefit from training to enhance children’s mental health through extra-curricular programs? The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario has partnered with HIGH FIVE, a division of Parks and Recreation Ontario, to update and launch a training opportunity for trainers of children’s supervisors called Strengthening Children’s Mental Health (SCMH).