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December 5, 2013 Family-led non-profit group seeks treasurer for its board

Parents for Children’s Mental Health (PCMH) is currently accepting applications for a treasurer to join its board of directors.

December 4, 2013 Legal Aid Ontario announces consultations on Mental Health Strategy

LAOA new discussion paper released by Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) today reveals that there is a high prevalence of mental health issues and social marginalization within the population who are currently eligible for legal aid services.

December 4, 2013 CMHA voices concerns about disclosure of mental health police records

In November 2013, Toronto resident Ellen Richardson was denied entry to the United States by U.S. Customs and Border Protection because she had been hospitalized for clinical depression in 2012. This story significantly raised the issue of the disclosure of mental health police records and whether this information should be released and shared in the same manner as a criminal record.

November 29, 2013 4th Provincial HSJCC Conference Highlights

On November 25th, 2013, crown attorneys, judges, police officers and correctional service providers connected with health and social service providers, individuals with lived experience, and community mental health and addictions agencies at the 4th biennial Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) Conference in Toronto.

November 29, 2013 Contest: Craft your most creative CMHA Thank You card

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.netPeople with lived experience can show off their artistic side and help Canadian Mental Health Association with its CMHA Thank You card contest.

November 27, 2013 With the Right Amendments, the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act Can Support All

Following an announcement by the Government of Canada that it will re-instate Bill C-54 (to be re-numbered Bill C-14), the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act, in the Senate of Canada, a coalition of 12 national health organizations are looking to collaborate with the government to amend the Bill so it supports victims without perpetuating the stigma and discrimination of mental illness

November 26, 2013 Participate in a survey and help shape walking programs to benefit mental health of older adults

moodwalksMental health organizations and individuals with lived experience of mental illness are invited to complete a brief survey for Mood Walks, a project to support community mental health organizations across Ontario to launch educational walking programs for older adults.

November 21, 2013 CMHA Ontario, Addictions and Mental Health Ontario collaborate on quality improvement initiative to support mental health and addictions sector

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario and Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO) are working collaboratively to lead an initiative that will support community-based mental health and addictions organizations enhance quality improvement.

November 21, 2013 Public Education and Outreach for Early Psychosis Intervention Programs in Ontario

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Public education has been a core function of CMHA and the availability of a network of public educators and mental health promoters in CMHA branches across the province represents an opportunity for effective public engagement in early psychosis intervention. CMHA Ontario is taking the opportunity to showcase its network of public educators at the Early Psychosis Ontario Think Tank on Education and Outreach which takes place November 21-22, 2013 in Toronto.

November 21, 2013 Police asking for further deployment of tasers after provincial announcement

Several of Ontario’s largest police services are making use of increased decision-making power handed down by the province over the summer when it comes to the availability of conductive energy weapons (CEWs) for front-line officers. In late August, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services announced that police services will be allowed to decide which of its officers can carry CEWs. Since then, several police services, including in Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa have proposed expanded use of CEWs.