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March 27, 2014 Mark your calendars! Mental Health Week is almost here!

Every year, CMHA hosts Mental Health Week, an initiative that offers people practical ways to maintain and improve their mental health and support their recovery from mental illness. This year’s Mental Health Week will be held from May 5-11, with a special focus on increasing awareness of women’s mental health by providing information, tips and resources to address women’s mental health issues.

March 27, 2014 Centre for Innovation presents new campus mental health website

Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health Logo. Linked to website. The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH) unveiled its new website this week, which is designed to help campus mental health practitioners in Ontario to support the needs and promote the mental health of college and university students.

March 27, 2014 New initiative helps support student athletes and mental health

Image of SAMHI logoThrough their own experiences, two female athletes in Ottawa recognized the need to provide mental health services to student athletes. Subsequently, Samantha DeLenardo and Krista Van Slingerland launched the Student Athlete Mental Health Initiative (SAMHI) on Twitter and Facebook. The aims of the initiative are to connect student athletes with local counseling services and resources as well as advocate for student athletes’ mental health.

March 27, 2014 Training, and products, and videos, oh my!

Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health logoThe Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health, which works with provincial child and youth mental health agencies to enhance front-line service delivery, is pleased to announce three new online resources. The new tools are designed to help people, agencies and systems use evidence to strengthen care.

March 27, 2014 Researchers explore impacts of language barriers on health care in Ontario

Language barriers between patients and health-care providers can pose significant challenges for health care quality. Researchers in Ontario are exploring the impact of this issue on our provincial health system. Using data from the 2006 Census, researchers at the Centre for Research in Inner City Health in Toronto, found that language barriers may be a significant issue for health care in a number of Ontario municipalities.

March 27, 2014 Law Commission of Ontario focuses on legal capacity, decision-making and guardianship

Image of LCO logoThe Law Commission of Ontario has released four commissioned research papers to support its work on legal capacity, decision-making and guardianship.   Each of these areas can impact significantly on the lives and experiences of people with disabilities, including mental health-related disabilities.  The four papers include:

  • Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning: Standards and Supports, written by the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly and Dykeman Dewhirst O’Brien LLP
  • Decisions, Decisions: Promoting and Protecting the Rights of Persons with Disabilities who are Subject to Guardianship, written by Arch Disability Law Centre
  • Understanding the Lived Experience of Supported Decision-Making in Canada: A Study Paper, written by the Canadian Centre for Elder Law
  • Understanding and Addressing Voices of Adults with Disabilities Within Their Family Caregiving Contexts: Implications for Legal Capacity, Decision-making, and Guardianship, written by Dr. Bonnie Lashewicz.
March 27, 2014 Reminder: Participate in 2 public reviews of the AODA

Members of the public and organizations are invited to participate in two current reviews of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

March 27, 2014 Public awareness about health inequalities in Ontario

Health inequalities exist in Ontario. Ontarians who have lower incomes are at higher risk of having health problems like heart disease, poor mental health, stress and anxiety, depression, alcoholism, accidents, diabetes, obesity and lung cancer. To reduce these risks, the government would have to make changes to policies that affect health inequities. But action by government is linked to public awareness.

March 27, 2014 Using technology to deliver mental health services to children and youth

Technologies such as the internet, mobile applications, and video-conferencing are great tools that can help to deliver mental health services to children and youth.

March 27, 2014 Conference focuses on ways to improve interactions between individuals with mental health issues and police

MHCC and CACC logoImproving interactions and outcomes between persons with mental illnesses and the police was the focus of a national conference between mental health and law enforcement leaders in Toronto.