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October 9, 2014 Talk Today announcement makes news

Talk Today, the new mental health and suicide awareness program launched by Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario and the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) has generated significant social media buzz and received national and province-wide media exposure, helping both organizations spread the news about the importance of mental health and elimination of stigma and discrimination.

October 9, 2014 CMHA Ontario’s Working with Children and Youth with Complex Mental Health Needs Project off to a great start

With the first webinar training as well as the first workshop in Thunder Bay under its belt, the Working with Children and Youth with Complex Mental Health Needs Project is out of the gate.

October 9, 2014 CMHA Ontario co-hosts Twitter chat on alternative treatments for depression

On Friday October 3, 2014, CMHA Ontario, Mobilizing Minds and mindyourmind teamed up to host a Twitter discussion on alternative treatments for depression to kick off Mental Illness Awareness Week, happening October 5-11, 2014.

October 9, 2014 CMHA Ontario participates in Law Commission of Ontario focus group

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) is hosting 32 focus groups to inform its project on reforming the Health Care Consent Act and Substitute Decisions Act. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario participated in their most recent focus group to discuss legal capacity, decision-making and guardianship. The LCO is concentrating on the following aspects of this issue:

October 9, 2014 CMHA Ontario’s Mark Henick raising awareness during Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW)

Mark Henick is Program Manager for Mental Health Works at the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario. He is also a mental health advocate and counselor; helping others conquer stigma and systemic barriers. This year, Henick has been chosen as one of five of Faces of Mental Illness by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH).

October 9, 2014 Across Boundaries Annual General Meeting

Critical responses to violence and policing in mental health were the topics presented by guest speakers Anthony Morgan and Shane Martinez during the Across Boundaries Annual General Meeting in Toronto on September 29, 2014.

October 9, 2014 Rural and northern health issues: Challenges and new opportunities

People in Ontario’s rural and northern communities have higher self-reported rates of fair or poor mental health, compared to the provincial average. CMHA Ontario is concerned about this disparity and remains committed to working with our local Branches to address the systemic barriers contributing to this inequity. In the past, CMHA Ontario has highlighted key challenges facing these communities and will continue to monitor any developments that focus on addressing mental health issues in northern Ontario.

October 9, 2014 Mental health included in seven of the mandate letters released by Premier Wynne

Premier WynneOntario Premier Kathleen Wynne publicly released mandate letters to each Cabinet Minister in late September, outlining key priorities in 2014-2015 for their respective ministries. This is the first time that expectations for Ontario provincial cabinet ministers have been made public. CMHA, Ontario is encouraged to see that seven of the mandate letters include improvements for individuals with mental health issues.

October 9, 2014 New study suggests that involving female offenders in release planning can increase reintegration success

The transition from prison to community can be incredibly challenging, which is one reason why almost half of all female prisoners are back behind bars within one year of their release and most have multiple prison terms, mainly for drug-related offenses.

October 9, 2014 Implementing stakeholder-informed research

Collaboration between researchers and stakeholders is critical to creating a bridge between research and health system change. While models of collaboration vary, meaningful stakeholder involvement over time can help ensure that research is relevant to knowledge users.