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September 15, 2014 Right By You Campaign calls for a national investment in youth suicide prevention

right by you logoThe rate of suicide in young Canadians is a very important – and tragic – indicator of a collective lack of effectiveness in meeting the mental health needs of our children and youth. Death by suicide among 15 to 24 year olds is the second leading cause of death in this age group. In fact, three times as many youth (15-24 years) die by suicide than by all forms of cancer combined.

Created by Partners for Mental Health, Right By You aims to get youth experiencing mental health problems or illnesses the help they need.

September 10, 2014 Correctional Investigator of Canada Releases Report on Inmate Suicides

On the morning of World Suicide Prevention Day 2014, the Correctional Investigator of Canada, Howard Sapers, released a new report: A Three Year Review of Federal Inmate Suicides (2011-2014).

September 10, 2014 International experts urge connectedness and community support on World Suicide Prevention Day

On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, individuals, organizations and communities worldwide gathered to show their support for World Suicide Prevention Day. Led by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), the day was dedicated to raising awareness about suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.

September 9, 2014 Children and youth with complex mental health needs focus of new training resource for frontline workers

Working with Children & Youth with Complex Mental Health NeedsA new initiative by CMHA Ontario and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) offers a number of free resources for direct service providers working with children and youth with c
omplex mental health needs.

August 27, 2014 Peer support in the emergency department: Experiences for racialized people with mental health issues

The use of peer support in the emergency department (ED) is an emerging practice. In a recent issue of EENet’s Promising Practices, Raymond Cheng profiles two scenarios: One is the inner city hospital with the dense and diverse populations it serves, and its use of a Community Support Worker; the second is the future establishment of peer navigators in the Central Local health Integration Network (LHIN) at two sites – one in the city, and another serving a broader suburban area. Each offers some lessons and implications for their respective use by racialized people with mental health issues..

This Promising Practice arose from the work of the Community of Interest for Racialized Populations and Mental Health and Addictions (COI). CMHA Ontario is a member of the COI steering committee.

To read the full promising practice, visit the EENet website.

August 14, 2014 Iacobucci releases Toronto police review on encounters with people in crisis

Former Chief Justice Frank Iacobucci has released a review of documents, policies and procedures of the Toronto Police Service and its interactions with people in crisis, offering up 84 recommendations.

August 14, 2014 Local reporter wins CMHA Ontario media award

Heather Rivers, reporter with the Woodstock Sentinel Review has been named the recipient of the 2014 CMHA Ontario Media Award for excellence reporting on mental health and addictions issues at the local level.

August 14, 2014 Webinar now available online: Using Ontario’s Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Tool in Community Mental Health

heia_bannerCMHA Ontario has partnered with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), Health Nexus and CMHA Toronto to offer a training webinar about Using the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Tool in Community Mental Health.  The webinar, originally conducted on July 17, 2014, was recorded and can be viewed for free at any time by using the links below.

August 14, 2014 CMHA blogs for Qualaxia: Finding the Pieces of the Puzzle

Qualaxia-logoIn her latest blog for Qualaxia, a national online network for mental health system stakeholders, CMHA Ontario policy analyst Sheela Subramanian explains how tackling a complex policy issue can be like building a puzzle – one where the first step is to actually find the pieces.

August 14, 2014 Mood Walks program continues to grow

Mood Walks logo. Linked to Mood Walks websiteCMHA Ontario’s Mood Walks program was featured on CBC radio this week as CMHA Elgin staff and program participants spoke to CBC Ontario Morning on the effectiveness of the program in their community. Participants in the program told CBC correspondent Kerry McKee that the nature walks coordinated by the program bring a sense of calm and focus to their day.