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January 25, 2013 Update on Action Plan for Healthcare

The Ontario government has released updates on last year’s “Action Plan for Health Care”. The changes within the past year include:

January 25, 2013 Deadline extended for submitting to HSJCC Police-ER Room Protocols Project

The deadline for submission to the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) Police-Emergency Room Protocols Project has been extended to Thursday, January 31.

January 25, 2013 Research Snapshot: Parents' seeking help for their children with mental health issues face complex process

Many children with mental health problems don’t actually receive the care they need. The issues their parents face when looking for help from the mental health system may have something to do with this. When people seek help for themselves they usually follow a linear, four-step process; however the experiences of parents trying to seek help for their children might not be so straight-forward.

January 25, 2013 Webinars look at DTFP projects

EENet’s webinar series continues with the Health Canada Drug Treatment Funding Program (DTFP) Trauma and Substance Use project on February 21 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST.

January 25, 2013 How do Canadian primary care physicians rate our health system?

The Health Council of Canada recently released the seventh bulletin in their Canadian Health Care Matters series titled, “How do Canadian primary care physicians rate the health system?” The results published in the bulletin are based on the findings of the 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey (CFIHP Survey).

January 25, 2013 Depression warning sign for dementia in elderly women (USA)

Researchers in the Department of Mental Health at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland recently released the results of their study of more than 300 women, ages 85 years of age or more, with depression. Their results showed an association between higher depression scores and a three-fold increase in the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or dementia, compared to women with lower depression scores.

January 25, 2013 Depressed older men have more hospital admissions, longer stays (Australia)

A recent Australian study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that older men with higher depressive scores were more likely to visit hospital emergency departments for non-psychiatric conditions, more likely to be admitted and more likely to have longer lengths of stay, than non-depressed men.

January 25, 2013 Food for thought...and feedback!

Good nutrition is important to mental and physical well-being. The Ontario Food and Nutrition Strategy has been updated and Sustain Ontario is inviting organizations to provide feedback to the draft.

If you are interested in providing comment, all of the relevant background documents, the revised strategy and the Action Plan can be found on theSustain Ontario website.

The deadline for feedback is February 15, 2013.

January 10, 2013 Happy New Year

The Board and staff of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division send you their very best wishes for a great 2013! As we work together with you, our friends and partners, we look forward to another year of progress in achieving mental health for all.

January 10, 2013 Community-based mental health crisis care improving access

An innovative, new Community Crisis Model has brought together several community partners including the North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN), Health Sciences North (HSN), the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Sudbury/Manitoulin Branch, and the Greater Sudbury Police Service (GSPS) to improve community-based mental health crisis care.