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January 10, 2013 Anti-stigma webinar focused on child and youth mental health

Reducing stigma around child and youth mental health is the focus of a webinar co-hosted by the Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada’s (PHAC) Canadian Best Practices Initiative.

January 10, 2013 “Women's Guide to Money, Relationships and the Law in Ontario”

The National Association of Women and the Law has developed a guide and podcast to help women learn about their economic rights when entering and leaving common-law relationships or marriages. It includes information about different legal definitions of spouse in Ontario, spousal and child support, economic abuse, the division of property, and has tools to help women write their own cohabitation or separation agreements.

See “A Women’s Guide to Money, Relationships and the Law in Ontario” at

January 10, 2013 Breakfast with the Chiefs

The upcoming “Breakfast with the Chiefs” will address, “Where do primary care providers fit in the ‘new’ healthcare that is now in development and deployment by Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care?”

December 13, 2012 Waypoint earns gold for workplace excellence

Efforts underway to improve the working environment at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care that will ultimately result in better outcomes for patients were recognized provincially as a major achievement at the Ontario Hospital Association HealthAchieve conference.

December 13, 2012 SAMI training program now accepting applications

The Social Aetiology of Mental Illness (SAMI) is now accepting applications for the 2013/2014 training program cohort. Successful applicants will have an incredible opportunity to learn from and conduct research with experts from around the world.

December 13, 2012 Queen's University student mental health report

Recommendations for a comprehensive strategy on student mental health and wellness have been released in a recent report by Queen’s University. The report is the result of a year-long consultation process by the Principal’s Commission on Mental Health to be proactive on student wellness and success and to respond to a number of student deaths in 2010 and 2011.

December 13, 2012 Dietitians of Canada release reports on nutrition and mental health

The Dietitians of Canada, the national professional association for dietitians, recognize that registered dietitians play an important role in promoting mental health. As such they have released a series of new reports titled:

  • Promoting Healthy Eating through Healthy Eating and Nutritional Care,
  • The Role of Nutrition in Mental Health Promotion and Prevention,
  • The Role of Nutrition Care for Mental Health Conditions,
  • Nutrition and Mental Health: Therapeutic Approaches
December 13, 2012 Stable housing and recovery

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has released the results of their study on client perceptions of supportive housing, and the transition from hospital to community in a paper titled, “The Road to Recovery – Client Experiences in Supportive Housing.”

December 13, 2012 CMHA Ontario provides updated Housing and Mental Health Backgrounder

Housing is a basic human right and requirement for good health. According to the United Nations the right to housing is protected under international law and Canada has endorsed such rights guaranteeing “an adequate standard of living… including adequate food, clothing and housing.” Likewise, the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion identifies shelter as a basic prerequisite for health.

December 13, 2012 See you in the New Year!

I would like to add my best wishes to all of you for the holiday season and hope you have the opportunity to be with family and friends during this busy time of year.

Mental Health Notes will be taking a small break after this issue, but will be back on January 10, 2013 with the latest information on mental health and mental illness from Ontario, Canada and around the world.

In the meantime, Happy Holidays and all the best to you and your loved ones for the New Year!

Bette Hodgins

Editor, Mental Health Notes