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December 15, 2016 CMHA supports government announcement to help individuals in correctional facilities and as they transition back into society

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Ontario applauds the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) in hiring an additional 239 staff to increase supports for inmates with significant challenges related to long-term segregation. This includes: 22 mental health nurses, 22 social workers, 22 nurses, 24 correctional officers, 32 recreational staff and eight psychologists, in addition to 46 institutional managers and other program staff.

December 8, 2016 Give the gift of mental health this holiday season

social-graphic-3Although anxiety, depression, and loneliness may occur anytime during the year, the stress of the holidays can amplify these feelings. For those coping with mental health issues, the holidays can be a daunting, overwhelming challenge every year. That’s why CMHA Ontario offers support and information to people affected by mental health issues – so no one needs to feel alone in their struggle.

December 8, 2016 CMHA Ontario provides mental health perspective on basic income pilot

CMHA Ontario is pleased the provincial government is examining the feasibility of the Basic Income Pilot Project, but believes mental health and addictions sector must be a key contributor in the discussion.

December 8, 2016 Ontario passes Patients First legislation to transform the province's health care system

The provincial government passed legislation aimed at improving access to and coordination of health services for Ontarians on Dec. 7.

December 7, 2016 Food forest blooms thanks to massive support

CMHA Grey Bruce earned the big prize and its food forest will continue to blossom as a result.

December 6, 2016 CMHA Ontario throws voice behind accessible education for all

CMHA Ontario, along with 21 other groups, has signed a letter addressed to Premier Kathleen Wynne asking for a provincial education accessibility standard.

December 2, 2016 Ontario Health Alliance Launches New Framework to Track Chronic Disease Risk Factors

ocdpa-graphicThe Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (OCDPA), a coalition of more than 20 health-related organizations, has launched a multi-year initiative to capture, track and compare risk factors for chronic disease in Ontario.

December 1, 2016 Ending homelessness among people with a mental illness: a sustainable approach

Having access to and being able to retain housing, especially housing with supports, is a key determinant of mental health. Unfortunately, that is not the experience of many people living with mental health conditions across Canada.

November 30, 2016 Massive need to provide supportive housing units for vulnerable individuals with mental health/addictions issues

Toronto – Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Ontario Division welcomes today’s report from the auditor general as it casts a spotlight on much needed enhancements required to help the tens of thousands of Ontarians living with a mental health or addictions issue.

November 29, 2016 GivingTuesday offers opportunity to help

This has been a challenging year. For some Ontarians, issues like a lack of housing, proper income, education and other social determinants of health continue to be of daily concern, all of which can contribute to depression and anxiety. World events also contribute to these daily stressors. It can feel like a giant hole being dug for no reason at all. But there is hope.