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.
The Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee’s (HSJCC) 2013 Educational and Training Provincial Conference call for abstracts is now open. The conference, titled “New Realities: The Changing World from Youth to Elderly in Human Services & Justice” will be held from November 25-27, 2013 in Toronto.
Studies show that self-esteem goes down and symptoms of depression and mental disorders rise as adolescents move from grade to grade at school. However, strong emotional support from their classmates and teachers helps ward off mental health problems in youth.
Given that youth are at a different developmental stage than adults, organizations serving youth with substance use problems have a challenge: How to provide the best possible programs and services and meet the unique needs of their clients? The Ontario Youth Strategy Project, a working committee of Addictions Ontario, with the support of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, developed a set of guidelines for assessing their policies, procedures, programs, services, and training, to ensure that they are in line with best practice.
A team at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre is evaluating a new tool designed to help social workers and their clients decide if a person is ready to move from intensive community mental health services to less intensive services. The tool is called the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Transition Readiness Scale.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Mentoring Study conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) affirms the positive impact of mentoring on young lives.
On February 8, 2013, the Federal Justice Minister Robert Nicholson tabled a new bill, Bill C-54: An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act (mental disorder); the short-title of the bill is the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act.
The National Network for Mental Health (NNMH) is a national consumer-driven organization that promotes social justice and human rights through projected-based initiatives, such as the employment initiative BIULT Network. One hundred per cent of all of the board members, staff and individual voting members are mental health consumers and/or survivors.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is now accepting applications for its second SPARK Training Institute workshop, to be held July 10 to 11, 2013 in Victoria, British Columbia. Applications are welcome from Canadians working or volunteering in communities, health facilities, mental health, substance use or addictions programmes, Aboriginal organizations, academia, non-profit or policy makers.