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January 15, 2015 Celebrate Hot Tea month with a cup for your mental health

Image of tea being pouredJanuary is Hot Tea Month in Canada! Canadians drink almost 10 million cups of tea each year, and in the midst of the frosty winter weather, the hot beverage is a great way for tea lovers to drink their way to good health.

January 15, 2015 Canadian organization delivering alternative treatment for mood disorders in Philippines

With a grant from the Canadian Government’s Grand Challenges Canada (GCC), the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto is delivering alternative mental health care treatments to Filipino children with mood disorders.


January 12, 2015 Improve our children’s health. It’s time to Make Room for Play!

PART4616_TWCAR_280X150_EParticipACTION is launching a new campaign to increase awareness about how screen time is taking away from play time. Inactivity has become a major health problem for Canadian children. Only five percent of Canadian kids accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily.

December 23, 2014 CMHA Thunder Bay Branch appoints new CEO

The Board of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Thunder Bay Branch is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Sharon Pitawanakwat as the incoming Chief Executive Officer.

December 18, 2014 Big changes afoot for ODSP employment benefits in 2015

ODSP imageAs we get ready to ring in the new year, the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) is gearing up for some changes that will have a significant impact on the income levels of OSDP recipients. First announced in the 2014 Budget, the Ontario Government plans to eliminate three existing employment benefits for recipients of ODSP and create a new “Employment-Related Benefit” (ERB) program beginning April 1, 2015.

December 18, 2014 Registration open for CMHA Ontario’s free Brief Services course

Complex Needs Brief Services Course flyerCanadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the free online course called “Brief Services – Foundational Principles and Therapeutic Approaches.” The course will be available to registered participants in late January 2015.

December 18, 2014 Taking the Pulse of Ontario's Mental Health on TVO’s The Agenda

the Agenda screenshotA recent episode of TVO’s The Agenda offered a detailed look at the progress of Ontario’s mental health strategy, launched in 2011 to transform the province’s mental health system, and explored the strategy’s next steps which were recently announced by the government.


December 18, 2014 CMHA Ontario’s Minding Our Bodies program featured in B.C. magazine

Visions Magazine coverIn the most recent edition of Visions, BC’s quarterly magazine on mental health and addictions, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario Director of Knowledge Transfer, Scott Mitchell, writes about the Minding Our Bodies initiative and how it has sparked other mental health projects at the local and provincial levels.

December 18, 2014 OCAN tool stakeholder focus group

Do you belong to a visible minority? Have you experienced a mental health concern? Have you filled out the Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) tool in the past 6 months?

December 18, 2014 Envisioning the future of Health Links in Ontario

Health Links Conference ImageAccording to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), five percent of patients account for two-thirds of healthcare costs. These are often individuals with multiple, complex conditions. When the hospital, the family doctor, the long-term care home, community organizations and others work as a team, the patient receives better, more coordinated care. This is the vision of the 47 Community Health Links across the province.