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February 26, 2015 Microfinance and Mental Health: Business with a social conscience

A ‘social enterprise’ is a business involved in the production and or selling of goods and services for the blended purpose of generating income and achieving social, cultural, or environmental aims.

February 26, 2015 How do we measure mental illness and addictions at a population level?

Rates of mental illness and addictions at a population level are always based on estimates. In Canada, different studies have shown that rate to be anywhere from 1 in 3 to 1 in 10. With Ontario’s population at 13.6 million, that is a big gap.

February 26, 2015 Linking sectors & data to improve mental health of individuals with developmental disabilities

HCARDD LogoH-CARDD is a research program whose primary goal is to enhance the overall health and well-being of people with developmental disabilities through improved health care policy and services.

February 26, 2015 Predicting aftercare participation and success after residential addiction treatment

Research Snapshot ImageDrug addiction is a chronic condition with a high relapse rate. Research shows that residential treatment helps individuals stay in recovery if it’s combined with long-term continuing care — called aftercare. Aftercare can be a 12-step program, structured outpatient sessions led by an addiction counsellor, and individual counselling.

February 26, 2015 Housing sector gets a financial boost from the feds

Homeless Hub MapThe federal government chose Canada’s largest city as the backdrop for its recent announcement of its Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS). Ottawa is giving Torontoan additional $86 million to support homelessness prevention and reduction initiatives. It’s welcome news in a city where nearly 9,000 people are waiting for supportive housing and many waiting for over five years to get subsidized housing.

February 26, 2015 MHCC consults on guidelines for recovery-oriented practice: report

MHCC_RecoveryEarlier this week, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) hosted an eastern Canada regional dialogue to discuss their draft Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice. Participants came from as far away as Newfoundland and Labrador and had lively discussion on the history of the consumer/survivor movement, how to define recovery and ways to implement the guideline in the future. The final guidelines will be released by the end of May, 2015.

February 26, 2015 Duchess of Cambridge speaks out for Children's Mental Health

The first ever UK Children’s Mental Health Week received a royal endorsement this month when the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton delivered a rare video address in support of early intervention mental health support for young people.

February 26, 2015 Breakfast with the Chiefs: understand quality, performance and partnership

Longwood Publishing’s annual event called Breakfast with the Chiefs is coming up on March 4, 2015. The breakfast is an educational session that provides invited chief executives from the health care system an opportunity to share new ideas, policies and/or best practices with colleagues.

February 26, 2015 Shadows of the Mind Film Festival

The North East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) has sponsored a film at the Shadows of the Mind Film Festival in order to bring mental health issues into the spotlight.

February 24, 2015 Upcoming Webinar on Court Outcomes Data

Direct service providers and management staff within the mental health and justice sectors interested in court outcomes data and quality improvement are invited to attend a free upcoming webinar on Thursday, February 26, 2015 from noon to 1 p.m.