In this month’s issue of the British Medical Journal (BMJ), Swedish researchers reveal that mortality rates due to homicide are more than doubled if an individual has a mental illness or substance use disorder, irrespective of age, sex or other sociodemographic factors.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) recently published the results of a study that shows alcohol is the third leading cause of disease and injury world-wide, superceded only by high blood pressure and tobacco smoking. The study was published in the journal, Addiction on March 4, 2013.
Making Connections training is about developing a common understanding about domestic violence and co-occurring mental health and/or substance use problems in women. Making Connections contains a full curriculum including a text manual, online modules and discussion forum, and a full day, cross-sectoral workshop for frontline professionals. Local training across Ontario will help participants share their expertise and resources with those working in other sectors, and work to reduce barriers for women who experience these co-occurring issues.
The North East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is hosting an all-day forum on Tuesday March 19, from 8:00 a.m – 4 :00 p.m. at the Steel Workers Union Hall and Conference Center, 66 Brady St., in Sudbury.
Positive mental health is a priority indicator selected by Dr. Arlene King, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, in her annual report released on February 7 entitled, “Maintaining the Gains, Moving the Yardstick.”
Addictions Ontario/ Ontario Federation of Community Health and Addictions Programs (OFCHAP) is hosting its First Annual Conference on May 26, 27 & 28, 2013 in Toronto. This conference will deliver information as well as offer a networking opportunity to all participants. The opening keynote speaker will be Scott Millar.
Detailed conference agenda and registration will be available shortly, so hold the date!
Bell Let’s Talk Day 2013 was the third successful national conversation raising awareness about the stigma surrounding mental illness, as well as funds to support organizations helping those with mental health challenges. Millions of calls, texts, tweets and Facebook shares by Canadians raised $4,813,313 for mental health programs. Way to go Canada and thanks to Bell for their support!
CMHA Ontario’s CEO, Camille Quenneville was interviewed on CP24 and CTV during Let’s Talk Day 2013. Click here to see the CTV interview as Ms. Quenneville talks about stigma and the burden of mental illness on the individual, our economy and society.
As part of Bell’s Let’s Talk Day 2013, Canada AM produced a special on “Mental health issues in the workplace.” Kathy Jurgens, CMHA Ontario’s National Program Manager for Mental Health Works, was on hand that day to lend her support to the cause.
On February 19, the Speech from the Throne: The Way Forward was given for the second session of the 40th parliament in Ontario. It focused on building a stronger economy and ensuring a fair society. Among its commitments was a promise to invest more in mental health services and fight stigma.
The Government of Ontario recently announced that they will continue housing and supports for 216 units serving 240 former homeless adults with mental health conditions living in Toronto. At Home/Chez Soi is a demonstration research initiative of the Mental Health Commission of Canada that was launched in 2008.