In a historic act of philanthropy, Bell Canada announced a $10 million donation to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) “Transforming Lives” campaign on May 11, 2011. This unprecedented donation is part of Bell’s Mental Health Initiative, a multi-year, country-wide program that targets the reduction of stigma surrounding mental illness.
Join OMHAKEN partner, Rainbow Health Ontario, for their Café Scientifique 2011, Rewriting a History of Pathologization: LGBT People and Mental Health Research.
Mississauga teens faced with mental health issues are training for 5k and 10k marathons to be held on May 14th and 15th. The Mississauga Marathons have become an annual event for the Credit Valley Hospital Run Group (CVH Run Group) and a focal point for teens participating in the program.
The Ontario Medical Association (OMA), the body that represents the province’s physicians, has called on the provincial government to eliminate the three-month wait time for people applying for Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage. The current waiting period applies to most new applicants and former Ontario residents who have returned after living outside Canada for a long period. In their statement, the OMA expresses concern that the existing policy adversely impacts the health of new immigrants, returning Canadians and the wider community, and offers evidence that health costs would not increase if the wait time was removed.
Look to the April edition of the Minding Our Bodies e-bulletin for the latest announcements on:
For its inaugural FUTURES Conference, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) will be presenting a pre-conference day on May 2, 2011 devoted to increasing awareness of child and youth mental health issues. Dr. Ian Manion will be the keynote speaker on school mental health. There will also be a myriad of seminars on mental health issues relating to students, schools, and children and youth of diverse backgrounds. The day will round out with a panel of experts.
Psychosocial Rehabilitation Canada (PSR/RPS Canada) is seeking nominations for its Pioneer Awards, which acknowledge contributions made by individuals and organizations in the mental health field. Nominations are sought in four categories:
The Opening Doors Project is returning for a second year with two new workshops. Opening Doors is a collaborative project between Canadian Mental Health Association, Toronto Branch; Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services; and Across Boundaries Ethnoracial Mental Health Centre, with funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Its purpose is to strengthen mental health, anti-racism and anti-discrimination literacy in Ontario communities.
During Mental Heath Week (May 1-7, 2011), Minding Our Bodies will be holding a one-day Mental Health and Physical Activity Roundtable. It will take place on May 5 at the Metro Central YMCA in Toronto.
April 30, 2011 is the extended deadline for making submissions to the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) with respect to their human rights and mental health consultation paper. The OHRC is inviting submissions from individuals and organizations, focusing on four key areas: 1) The types of discrimination that happen based on mental health disabilities and/or addictions in the areas of housing, services and employment; 2) If there are laws, policies, procedures or systemic practices related to housing, employment or services that disproportionately disadvantage people with mental health issues and/or addictions; 3) The information that housing, service providers and employers need to help protect the rights of people with mental health disabilities and/or addictions; and 4) What the OHRC and other bodies can do to raise public awareness, prevent and address these human rights issues.