And this year we’re doing things a little differently!
While CMHA’s tagline, Mental Health for All, will continue to be used as an important overarching theme during Mental Health Week (MHW), the focus for this year’s MHW is: youth mental health (defined as ages 15 to 24 (approx.) and, as such, includes both high school and university/college students). Included in this youth theme will be parents/ caregivers as they continue to play a key role in the lives of youth and provide critical support.
On March 26, 2013 the Ontario government announced that it will spend $27 million over three years to address the growing challenges of mental health issues on university campuses.
The Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) has developed a new Info Guide titled, “Strategies for Implementing Effective Police-Emergency Department Protocols in Ontario.”
On March 26, the Community of Interest (COI) for Racialized Populations and Mental Health and Addictions held a think tank to explore mental health and/or addictions-related emergency department (ED) use by racialized populations in Ontario. This event brought together 100 participants from across Ontario, including representatives from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), Local Health Integration Networks, hospitals, community-based mental health and addictions agencies, research institutes, the policing and first responders sector, and people with lived experience of mental health and/or addictions issues and racialization.
On Friday, March 15, 2013, Minding Our Bodies held a knowledge exchange and networking forum in Toronto, Ontario, to showcase the most promising practices based on the 2012/2013 Minding Our Bodies-funded programs. Program coordinators/ managers and allied partners shared what works in physical activity and healthy eating programming to support people at risk of, or living with, mental health and addiction issues. More than 45 people participated in the full-day workshop, hosted at the YWCA Elm Centre, a community support centre dedicated to improving the lives of girls and women.
The Canadian Mental Health Association, (CMHA) Grand River Branch and Trellis Mental Health and Development Services (Trellis) officially launched their merger on April 1st, 2013, making CMHA Waterloo Wellington Dufferin branch the largest community mental health provider in Ontario. The new organization will have 11 locations in the tri-city area, Guelph and Orangeville, and a combined budget of $30 million.
The Ontario Disability Network (ODEN) – a provincial network of employment service providers that assist persons with disabilities find and keep work – has published a position paper that calls on the Ontario government to move ODSP employment programming to Employment Ontario, the employment and training division of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).
Many clinics have redesigned their physical spaces to better suit the needs of their clients, but we don’t know much about the effect this approach has on the service providers.
Many women who are involved with substance use have experienced trauma. For this reason, it’s important for health care providers to understand the interconnections of trauma and substance use so that they can provide better care for these women.
Researchers from McGill University in Montreal have found that teens in families who eat dinner together on a regular basis are “….more trusting and generally more emotionally stable compared to those who don’t.” Their research is published in this month’s issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health.