The September edition of the Minding Our Bodies e-bulletin announces the six organizations who will receive funding to run a healthy eating pilot program this fall. It also includes an interview with case manager Chris Hill about the Active Recovery approach used by CMHA Cochrane Timiskaming Branch, information about the new physical activity recommendations in Canada’s Physical Activity Guide and the results of CMHA Ontario’s province-wide pedometer challenge. Through the creation of a toolkit and an information-sharing website, the Minding Our Bodies project helps community mental health organizations deliver programs that promote positive physical and mental health connections through physical activity and healthy eating. The project is an initiative of CMHA Ontario in partnership with the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario, Nutrition Resource Centre, YMCA Ontario and York University’s Faculty of Health, with support from the Ministry of Health Promotion. Subscribe to the monthly Minding Our Bodies e-bulletin by visiting www.mindingourbodies.ca.
Creating Together, a process designed to co-create a mental health and addictions research agenda for Ontario, has now completed all in-person and Ontario Telemedicine Network consultations.
Findings from a recently released report, “The Matryoshka Project: Examining the Effects of Enhanced Funding on Specialized Programs – Examining the Standard of Living of Clients in Community Mental Health Programs,” show that the majority of court support and early intervention clients are living on low income. These clients experience both a low standard of living and low quality of life.
A new paper explores perceptions of health care providers, professionals and paraprofessionals, in relation to the role they play in tobacco control in the community mental health system. See “In the Shadow of a New Smoke Free Policy: A Discourse Analysis of Health Care Providers’ Engagement in Tobacco Control in Community Mental Health,” International Journal of Mental Health Systems (2010; 4: 23), at www.ijmhs.com.
The Personal Support Network of Ontario is currently accepting nominations for the third annual Personal Support Worker (PSW) of the Year award. Deadline for nominations is September 3, 2010. This award recognizes the outstanding contributions PSWs make in the lives of their clients, consumers, patients and caregivers every day across the province. For further information, visit www.psno.ca.
A collection of personal accounts and stories from 236 people living on income from the Ontario Disability Support Program has been launched by the ODSP Action Coalition. “Telling Our Stories” is a project of the Coalition’s Public Awareness and Advocacy Committee. Stories by ODSP recipients are organized by six themes: issues related to housing, food, parenting and clawbacks; employment and education aspirations; stress and social isolation; transportation and special needs; experiences with service delivery; and program design. See “Telling Our Stories: Disability Should Not Equal Poverty,” July 2010, available at www.odspaction.ca.
The 2010 Annual Conference of the Canadian Evaluation Society — Ontario Chapter, Optimizing the Practice of Evaluation, will be held in Toronto on October 4 and 5, 2010.
Canadian Mental Health Association, Windsor-Essex County Branch is hosting a conference on mental health and the workplace October 6 and 7, 2010 in Windsor. The conference is for business leaders, human resource professionals, and mental health and social service providers.
Early intervention and court support programs in Ontario are meeting client needs for treatment, including medication management, case management and psychotherapy, according to a recent report from the Matryoshka Project.
The Southern Networks of Specialized Care and the Regional Support Associates are holding a videoconference workshop on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) on August 13, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dr. Karen Baker will discuss issues relating to cognitive implications of FASD, physical and behavioural characteristics, secondary disabilities and how to support individuals and families. Participants are encouraged to bring forward for discussion non-identifying cases relating to FASD.