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June 21, 2012 Accessing ER wait times from home

St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener has become the first hospital in Ontario to post real-time estimates for emergency room (ER) waits on its website. Potential patients can find out the number of people being treated in the ER, the number waiting to be seen by a doctor and the estimated time they will likely spend waiting to be seen. Wait times are updated every 20 minutes and the website also estimates how busy the ER will get over the next six hours.

May 31, 2012 Engaging Francophones when you don't speak French

HC Link is offering a webinar titled, “How to engage Francophones – when you don’t speak French!” This free webinar will provide insights into the benefits of engaging Francophone communities and overcoming the roadblocks encountered by Anglophones who have the desire and interest to do so, but lack the necessary skills.

May 31, 2012 Capacity building workshop

The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) is hosting a workshop on June 22nd, offering specialty skills training to professionals who work with families caring for a loved one affected by a mental illness or addiction.

May 31, 2012 Summer publication schedule for Mental Health Notes

Seems like the lazy, hazy days of summer are already upon us! In anticipation of this great Canadian season, CMHA Ontario is moving to a summer publication schedule for Mental Health Notes.

May 17, 2012 Pathway to recovery guidebook

The second edition of “Pathway to Recovery: A Guidebook for Families” is now available. Published by the Canadian Mental Health Association, Durham Branch and Durham Mental Health Services, the first edition of the guidebook was well received by mental health service providers, Durham College students and staff, and the general public.

May 17, 2012 Hastings lecture on health equity

The Toronto Public Health Charles Hastings Lecture on health equity is taking place on May 29, 2012, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. This year, the featured speaker is Sir Michael Marmot, the Chair of the World Health Organization Commission on Social Determinants of Health and Director of the International Institute for Society and Health.

May 17, 2012 Call for proposals for Mad Pride

Friday, May 18, 2012 is the deadline to submit a proposal for Mad Pride – an arts, culture, and heritage festival created by psychiatric survivors, consumers, and those in solidarity with people living with mental health conditions. Mad Pride is about remembering and participating in mad history, challenging discrimination, advocating for rights, affirming identities, and promoting empowerment.

May 17, 2012 900 new nurses in Ontario

There have been over 900 new nursing positions created in Ontario this year. These new positions are located in a variety of settings such as in home care and community care, primary health care, hospitals, long-term care homes and mental health care programs in schools.

May 17, 2012 First meeting regional mental health and addiction consultation group

During the first day of Mental Health Week, the North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN) hosted the first meeting of its Regional Mental Health and Addiction Consultation Group, comprised of expert members from across Northeastern Ontario.

May 3, 2012 Join the Police Record Check Coalition in defining their mandate for 2012-2013

he Police Record Check Coalition (PRCC) achieved success in 2011 by working with the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police to develop and implement their Police Record Check Guideline. The time has come for the PRCC to continue its work by defining new systemic law reform goals for 2012-2013. Interested individuals and organizations are invited to attend the PRCC general meeting on May 16, 2012, from 2:30PM to 4:30PM at the Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario boardroom, 180 Dundas St. W., Suite 2301, Toronto. If you would like to attend this meeting, please RSVP by e-mail to prcc@mentalhealthpolicerecords.ca or by phone to Uppala Chandrasekera at 416-977-5580 x 4145.