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July 28, 2011 New Mental Health Works website launched

Mental Health Works (MHW) is a program of the Canadian Mental Health Association that helps Canadian employers address mental health issues in their organizations. MHW has recently launched a new website; it provides extensive information on employer solutions, employee supports, a newsletter and the reasons why mental health in the workplace matters so much.

Please visit www.mentalhealthworks.ca to find out how Mental Health Works for you!

July 28, 2011 CMHO call for presentations

Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) is hosting its annual conference on November 21 – 22, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario. The conference theme is “Partnering for a Better Child and Youth Mental Health System” to support knowledge exchange and to help build community networks.

July 28, 2011 "That's Just Crazy Talk" coming to Toronto

Both a research study and a play, “That’s Just Crazy Talk” is premiering July 28, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in Toronto at The Great Hall. This is a thoughtful and funny stage-play about one woman’s lived experience with bipolar disorder. Acclaimed actress, playwright, and mental health educator, Victoria Maxwell wrote and performs in this theatrical-based study which explores the impact of a one-woman play on mental health issues.

July 28, 2011 Call for proposals for annual Rainbow Health Ontario conference

Rainbow Health Ontario is inviting individuals and groups to submit proposals for its second annual provincial conference addressing the health and wellness needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities. The deadline for English or French submission is September 16, 2011. The focus of the conference, which will be held in Ottawa in March 2012, is on new information and insights on LGBT health and wellness issues, with particular emphasis on the various stages of LGBT life. For more information, visit the Rainbow Health Ontario website atwww.rainbowhealthontario.ca.

July 28, 2011 Project explores the impact of violence on college women with disabilities

Springtide Resources, an organization dedicated to ending violence against women, has developed a project to explore the impact of violence and violence prevention on college and university campuses within Canada. Women 18 to 29 years of age are invited to share their experiences of violence and violence prevention in one of five focus groups occurring in Toronto.

July 14, 2011 Provincial HSJCC conference registration is now open

Registration is now open for the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee conference, taking place in Toronto from November 21 to 23, 2011. Titled “Human Services and Justice: Accomplishments, Changes and Opportunities,” this conference will focus on a wide range of topics relating to the criminal justice, and the mental health and addictions sectors. There are 28 workshops/concurrent sessions and poster presentations showcasing accomplishments, changes taking place in human and justice services and opportunities for the future. Speakers include former Toronto Maple Leaf Ron Ellis, Dr. Sandy Simpson from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Durham Region Police Chief Mike Ewles, Louise Bradley from the Mental Health Commission of Canada and lawyer Julian Falconer.

July 14, 2011 Want to join a social circus troupe?

Talk to Youth Lately (TTYL) is a physical wellness, anti-stigma social circus troupe – and they are looking for two youth actors and one youth tech support person with lived experience of mental health issues to join their group. If you have always wanted to join the circus and are between the ages of 16 to 30 years, this may be your opportunity!

July 14, 2011 New program seeks to improve health care for Ontario's trans communities

Due to health inequities and discrimination experienced by trans communities in Ontario, Rainbow Health Ontario and Sherbourne Health Centre have teamed up to launch Trans Health Connection. This new provincial program seeks to increase the capacity of Ontario’s primary health care system to provide high-quality comprehensive care to trans communities. The program will achieve this goal through training, education, mentorship, resources, and networking. Trans Health Connection will provide comprehensive training and support to health care teams, agencies and individual providers. The program is supported by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

July 14, 2011 OPHC 2012 call for abstracts

The Ontario Public Health Convention (TOPHC) 2012, “Staying Ahead of the Curve” is calling for abstracts and proposals. TOPHC is hosted by the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA), the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) and Public Health Ontario (PHO). The convention aims to advance public health in Ontario by increasing the level of both knowledge and skills in the workforce.

July 14, 2011 Mad Pride 2011

This week is Mad (Mental health Awareness Discussion) Pride Week in Toronto. Mad Pride is an independent organization built by people touched by mental illness – consumers, survivors, friends, colleagues and family. The events of Mad Pride Week run from July 13 to July 16, 2011 and include lunches, theatre performances, speakers, presentations, a Mad Pride parade and community BBQ.

For details on the events of Mad Pride week, go to madpridenetwork.com/.