The closing key note address at the 2015 CMHA Ontario Division conference was given by iconic musician and mental wellness advocate, Steven Page. Page is a co-founder of the Barenaked Ladies and is now leading a successful solo career.
CMHA Middlesex shared an innovative model of supportive housing with conference delegates with a presentation on the genesis, development, goals and outcomes of the Supportive Living Apartments on William Street, London. CMHA Middlesex developed the Supportive Living Apartments model by ‘re-purposing’ funds originally used by a traditional residential program known as Homes for Special Care (a custodial-type housing program with few supports). Supportive Living Apartments program has an overarching goal of community reintegration, focusing on a person-centred recovery philosophy that encourages independence and self-care for those with long-term mental illnesses.
For many newcomers to Canada, obtaining necessary health and social services can be a daunting task. They may be unaware of available services and how to obtain them. They may also not completely understand their health care provider or be comfortable with the way services are delivered. New Canadians face a number of barriers including language barriers, economic barriers (i.e. transportation, child care costs, lack of extended health care coverage, and inability to take time off work) as well as systemic barriers (i.e. hours of operation and lack of support from family members). Additionally, many newcomers have experienced a variety of social issues, such as environmental hardship and political persecution.
Standing ovations and cake are not something we typically expect to see in a courtroom, but for the 15 graduates of the Drug Treatment Court (DTC) in the Waterloo region, this is a rite of passage.
Individuals who use mental health services indicate that access and availability are two of the most important elements for engaging in services. During their conference presentation, CMHA Lambton Kent shared an innovative approach to address mental health needs at early onset: the Rapid Assessment Intervention and Treatment (RAIT) Program.
We all benefit from making lifestyle changes that improve our health and well-being. Clinicians, who are deeply invested in client care, often provide advice and suggestions to their clients to facilitate these changes, which range from eating healthier foods to seeking mental health services. Clients, on the other hand, may face a multitude of challenges that prevent them from undertaking a variety of health behaviours. They may not know where to start or how to overcome seemingly insurmountable barriers.
Sign up for this free webinar and find out how you can use the Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) to inform the services you deliver.
Date: May 28, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (EST)
CMHA Ontario staff participated in a workshop titled “Combat Stress and Express Yourself through Art” today over the lunch hour as part of the workplace celebration of Mental Health Week.
CMHA Ontario has released a new issue of its Network magazine. Network brings together different perspectives on issues important to everyone with an interest or involvement in community mental health.
Highlights of the new issue include:
- An interview with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services on Moving on Mental Health government plan
- An examination of how CMHAs are at the centre of innovative training approaches and unique partnerships with police and other social service agencies to ensure people in crisis receive appropriate care.
- An update from Health Quality Ontario, the government agency tasked with improving our health care system using data, public reporting and quality measures.
- A feature on how a walk in the woods can boost your mood and create social connections
- A case study of how one CMHA branch tackled the problem of housing barriers for persons with lived experience of mental health issues
(Toronto – May 4, 2015) – The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, today marked Mental Health Week (May 4 to 10) at Queen’s Park by unveiling Ontario’s first roving comprehensive health clinic for youth.