In Ontario, the availability of mental health services and supports for children, youth and their families varies greatly across communities and the problem of access has reached serious proportion, according to the Ontario Centre for Excellence in Child and Youth Mental Health. But the Centre states that brief services, if well‐implemented, can provide one solution to these demand and access challenges.
The pre-budget submission from Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario asks the provincial government for appropriate investment in three key areas:
- Affordable Housing
- Income Security, Access to Education And Employment Supports
- Increasing Access to a Core Basket of Services
The community of Belleville was recently presented with an enticing challenge. If it mobilized and raised $10,000 in donations for CMHA Hastings & Prince Edward Counties’ (CMHA-HPE) transitional housing program, the money would be instantly doubled.
The Working with Children and Youth with Complex Mental Health Needs project has delivered its final two webinars of a nine-part series. To date, more than 3,300 people have participated in the webinars, either by attending the live sessions or by watching the recordings afterward.
While media coverage on mental health issues can often be negative, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Ontario’s Mark Henick has been busy sharing an inspiring story about mental health with international audiences.
Youth at risk of coming into contact with the law face multiple challenges including unstable home environments, homelessness and poverty. Drug addictions, prostitution, crime and gang involvement can seem like easy solutions to these challenges but a new trades training centre aims to give these youth another option.
Ontario’s largest student group – which represents 350,000 college, undergraduate and graduate students – met with Premier Kathleen Wynne recently to discuss campus sexual violence and how schools can better prevent and respond to it. Specifically, the students hoped the meeting would help push colleges and universities to adopt stand-alone sexual assault policies and provide education on sexual violence.
The Ontario government has introduced the next phase of its health care action plan. Patients First: Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care was first released in 2012 and outlinedhow the province would increase access to better and more coordinated care, and ensure the health care system was sustainable.
We are pleased to invite you to participate in Collaborative Conversations – On the Road! In this series of seven events, held across the province, we will explore issues and learnings that have emerged from the Systems Improvement through Service Collaboratives initiative.