The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Social Entrepreneurism in Mental Health (SEMH) working group has announced the 2011 competition to find outstanding social enterprises in the Greater Toronto Area that are making inroads in mental health equity. The competition is held in partnership with Ashoka Canada and MaRS Social Innovation Generation.
Both a research study and a play, “That’s Just Crazy Talk” is coming back to Toronto for an encore performance on November 12, 2011 at the Michael Young Theatre. A thoughtful and funny stage-play about one woman’s lived experience, “That’s Just Crazy Talk” is written and performed by acclaimed actress, playwright, and mental health educator, Victoria Maxwell.
Michael Schratter is a Vancouver school teacher, a man with lived experience of depression, and an individual determined to fight the stigma associated with mental illness. He is cycling solo around the world to foster greater awareness about mental illness and to inspire others who are dealing with mental health challenges.
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) 2010/2011 Annual Report is now available. “Gaining Momentum,” outlines the past year’s activities as well as the directions in which CMHA National is heading.
A presentation kit developed by Vivian Labrie and produced in collaboration with the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy, uses escalator metaphors to drive home the challenges in overcoming inequalities. Using examples such as “overcoming poverty is like trying to go up the down staircase,” the workshop kit offers opportunities for people to share their thoughts and experiences about the structural and social determinants that perpetuate inequalities.
The International Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Leicester and the Research Information Network have recently published, “Social Media: A guide for researchers”. The guide was produced to give researchers a basic understanding of this rapidly evolving phenomena, and applications for use within the research realm.
Aviva Insurance is once again holding the Aviva Community Fund Competition, created to inspire ideas that will bring about positive changes within communities across Canada. Individual Canadians or charitable organizations can submit an idea for a cause within their community, and then become actively involved in promoting the cause with friends, family and colleagues.
Rainbow Health Ontario, a program of Sherbourne Health Centre, has recently launched a new program called, “Trans Health Connection” (THC) aimed at improving the capacity of the provincial health care system to meet the needs of trans people.
On June 4 and 5, 2012 the Canadian College of Health Leaders and the Canadian Healthcare Association are co-hosting the National Health Leadership Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This conference is the largest gathering of health system decision-makers from across the country, covering topics that include the challenges and opportunities of health care today.
The Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) is conducting a survey that will help them improve their understanding of mental health concerns among Canadians living with mental illness, their family members or caregivers, and anyone concerned about the mental health system. Once completed, the MDSC will compile and forward these concerns to provincial, territorial and federal governments. The cutoff date for survey completion is September 30, 2011.