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April 23, 2015 Mullets raise thousands for mental health

March Mullet PresentationA fun and unique approach to mental health awareness last month has raised more than $41,000 for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Simcoe County branch.

April 23, 2015 Ontario launches public consultations to improve access to affordable housing

Ontario is launching consultations for a renewed Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy to support the province’s goals of improving outcomes for people and ending homelessness.  The Consultation Discussion Guide outlines the progress of the current strategy, future goals and areas where more input from partners is needed. Participants can submit their views to the government online, by telephone or in writing by July 3, 2015.

April 23, 2015 Healthy Hikes encourages Ontarians to step into nature

HealthyHikes_Colour_LogoThe Healthy Hikes challenge is back for a third straight year! Hosted by Conservation Ontario in partnership with CMHA Ontario and other organizations, the annual challenge invites Ontarians to visit and become active in the province’s nearly 300 Conservation Areas. Participants are encouraged to log their progress for points which they can redeem for great prizes.

April 23, 2015 HSJCC series features Mental Health Pre-Charge Diversion

A recent webinar by the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) focused on a Mental Health Adult Pre-Charge Diversion Program in Durham Region. Constable Scott Logan, along with Yolanda Diston and Valerie Mussington from Durham Mental Health Services, engaged over 150 webinar participants in a discussion about local efforts in implementing this program and how it has helped them make referrals and improve police awareness of mental health issues.

April 23, 2015 Webinar series explores shades of integration

Image of Integration Resource website. Linked to website.Two integration case studies were presented in a webinar hosted by Community Health Ontario on April 15, the first event in a three-part series. Close to 70 participants heard two stories from opposite ends of the spectrum — a collaborative alliance in the South West LHIN, and a full merger in Toronto Central LHIN — followed by an informative Q&A session.

April 23, 2015 Sharing experiences: Using OCAN in Community Mental Health

Join a free webinar and learn how you can use the Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) to inform the services you deliver.

Date: May 28, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (EST)

April 23, 2015 Reducing stigma in primary care settings

The stigma, or shame, associated with mental illness often keeps people from seeking help for their mental health and/or substance use concerns. This stigma is sometimes the result of shame about having a mental health concern or of other people’s negative perceptions of those who seek mental health services.

April 23, 2015 Introduction to implementation science

Join the next EENet webinar — a French-language event. This program will answer the questions:

  • Why do some programs achieve the expected results and others don’t ?
  • Why do some programs lose their effectiveness over time ?
  • What exactly is “implementation science”?
April 23, 2015 CMHA National releases position on police record checks

CMHA National recently released a position statement on the “Right to Privacy related to Mental Health Information contained within Police Records.” This position statement comes in the wake of the announcement that the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services in Ontario will be drafting new legislation on what police services can and cannot disclose. The BC Information and Privacy Commissioner has also issued an order stating that information related to an individual’s mental health should not be included in police information checks.

April 23, 2015 Residential detox program needed according to Regional HSJCC sponsored project

A new study comparing addiction treatment services programs in Peterborough indicates that there is a need for a residential detox program for the counties of Peterborough, Haliburton, Kawartha and Northumberland. Olivia Emino, a fourth-year Trent University student, conducted the research and recently presented her work at a showcase of applied research projects. Emino worked under the supervision of Dave Jarvis, Chair of the Regional Haliburton/Kawartha/Pine Ridge Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee, a committee which also helped to sponsor this work.