Twenty-four-year-old Jessica VandenBussche is cycling across Ontario to promote physical activity as a means to improve mental health. On Friday, June 21, the University of Waterloo kinesiology graduate launched the northern leg of her journey near Thunder Bay. Jessica’s route will take her south via Sault Ste. Marie and the Bruce Peninsula, through southwestern Ontario and around the Golden Horseshoe, finishing in Ottawa by mid-July.
An outstanding leader and advocate for mental health in Ontario’s north is stepping down from the Canadian Mental Health Association, Thunder Bay Branch.
After more than three decades as executive director of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Thunder Bay branch, Maurice Fortin has his sights set on retirement, effective December, 2013.
The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Media Award honours journalists or media outlets that have made outstanding contributions to the coverage of mental health issues.
Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario and seven northern branches played a key role in a research project about capacity-building of front-line health workers. Results of the project, Continuing Education To Go: Capacity Building in Psychotherapies for Front-Line Mental Health Workers in Underserviced Communities, were published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry‘s June 2013 issue.
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Where’s Home 2013 is a publication of Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association and the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada – Ontario Region. Much of the analysis is from the period between 1996 and 2006 and describes the economic and policy conditions that affect trends in the housing market. The study also paints a picture of the need across the range of housing options. With data provided by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, this edition of Where’s Home 2013 also reports for the first time on units that have received a funding commitment under the province’s Affordable Housing Program.
Through the Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, the Ontario government is aiming to strengthen mental health services for children, youth and their families while reducing stigma and raising awareness of mental health issues.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has released a new provincial summary report: Reducing Alcohol-Related Harms and Costs in Ontario. The goal of the project was to encourage more uptake of evidence-informed prevention and policy initiatives that reduce alcohol-related harms in Canada. This project documented current alcohol policy initiatives across Canada, drawing comparisons between each provincial approach.. It also highlighted policy strengths in each of these jurisdictions, providing recommendations on how to improve weaker policy areas and disseminate this up-to-date information to major stakeholders and policymakers in each jurisdiction.
After construction delays, the transfer of 15 mental health beds to St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) is now being planned for January, 2014, with related ambulatory services moving in December 2013. Construction at the STEGH facility led to transfer of the 15 acute care beds to Regional Mental Health Care London while ambulatory services were relocated within the City of St. Thomas. The transfer to STEGH this fall will be the fourth and final transfer.
Parental monitoring is considered to be important to help reduce depressive symptoms in teenagers. But recently, it’s been found that researchers have been assessing parental knowledge, rather than parental monitoring, to find out what role parenting plays in depression among teens.