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June 5, 2015 New provincial suicide guidelines being developed

The Government of Ontario has asked the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) to develop the new standards for suicide prevention in a hospital setting.  A new OHA task force, chaired by Dr. Ian Dawe, will focus on establishing safe medical practices for at-risk patients by looking at best practices and working with patients and those with lived-experience.

June 5, 2015 HQO releases report on antipsychotic medication use in Ontario long-term care homes

Looking for Balance coverHealth Quality Ontario has launched a new report, titled Looking for Balance.  The report highlights that a major difference across Ontario’s long-term care homes is the percentage of residents who are being prescribed antipsychotic medications.

June 5, 2015 Best practice guidelines for promoting mental health in children and youth

Improving child and youth mental health was highlighted as a provincial priority by the government of Ontario, as described in its mental health strategy, Open Minds, Healthy Minds: Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.

June 5, 2015 Youth-adult partnerships in community mental health promotion

Youth-adult partnerships involve youth and adults working together to improve the systems that affect them. While research on the effects of these partnerships in community mental health promotion is limited, research in other areas demonstrate positive benefits for youth.

June 5, 2015 Howard Sapers, Canada’s prison ombudsman, will not be reappointed

CBC’s The Current recently reported that after 11 years of service as Canada’s Correctional Investigator, Howard Sapers has been told that he will not be reappointed for the role. The CBC made note that this decision comes in advance of a Federal election later this year. Prior Correctional Investigators have held the position for up to 25 years.

June 5, 2015 OPHA call for abstracts

OPHA call for abstractsThe Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) are looking for organizations to share their experiences and evidence at OPHA’S 2015 Fall Forum.  They are interested in policy initiatives, programs, or research related to public health advocacy and leading social change.

May 21, 2015 CMHA York and South Simcoe launch Ontario’s first mobile clinic for youth

MOBYSSCMHA York Region and South Simcoe now offers an innovative way to meet the confidential health-care needs of youth in a safe, non-judgmental environment. The CMHA branch launched a first-of-its-kind mobile clinic last week, disguised as a graffiti-tagged RV.

May 21, 2015 CMHA Ontario CEO hosts play about substance abuse

DaysofWineandRoses PosterCMHA Ontario CEO Camille Quenneville recently hosted an evening production of Days of Wine and Roses, a 1958 teleplay currently running at the Hart House Theatre. The play features an all-recovery cast and is a theatrical fundraiser for the Renascent Foundation, a leading abstinence based residential treatment facility in Toronto.

May 21, 2015 National landmarks shine for Mental Health Week

Niagara Falls in GreenThree Canadian landmarks were lit green earlier this month to raise awareness for mental health.

 

 

May 21, 2015 CMHA Ontario participates in new mental health court consultation

As part of the 2015 budget announcement, Finance Minister Charles Souse included the creation of a new courthouse in downtown Toronto.. The courthouse will aim to consolidate 5 Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice courthouses across the Greater Toronto Area including:

  • 777 College St. at College Park
  • 1911 Eglinton Ave. E.
  • 1000 Finch Ave. W., North York
  • 2201 Finch Ave. W., North York
  • Old City Hall, the 1899 E.J. Lennox-designed landmark owned by the city.