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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

July 14, 2011 RFP for Making Gains Knowledge Exchange

Mental health and addiction providers in the province of Ontario recently announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the 6th Making Gains Knowledge Exchange to be held March 2012. The Making Gains Knowledge Exchange is an opportunity for consumers, family and providers from across Ontario to come together to build a greater understanding of the issues faced by the province as they relate to mental health and addictions.

July 14, 2011 CMHA Kawartha Lakes Branch "Dance and Comedy" Show

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Kawartha Lakes Branch is hosting a dance and comedy show on July 24, 2011 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Adelaide Place Retirement Community in Lindsay. The Country Rise Band and the comedy of Denis Grignon will entertain guests; draws, door prizes and refreshments will add to the enjoyment of the afternoon. Proceeds from the show will support the Senior Support Network.

Tickets to the event are $15.00. For more information, please call (705) 328-2704.

July 14, 2011 Understanding risk factors for postpartum depression

An article entitled, “Is mode of delivery associated with postpartum depression at 6 weeks: a prospective cohort study,” recently published by researchers from McMaster University, York University, the University of Toronto, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and Mount Sinai Hospital, examines the relationship between delivery mode (vaginal versus caesarean section) and postpartum depression. This is one piece of a broader study, “The Ontario Mother and Infant Study (TOMIS) III,” which looked at the impact of delivery method on health outcomes, service use, and costs of care in the first postpartum year. A large sample of 2,560 women from 11 hospitals across Ontario participated in the study.

June 30, 2011 Website provides six new ideas on better workplaces

A new website hosted by the Wellesley Institute, Atkinson Foundation and Metcalf Foundation provides six new ideas to make jobs work better for all Ontarians. Topics include:

June 30, 2011 Crackdown on illegal OHIP billing

The provincial government is taking action to ensure Ontarians are not being charged extra fees to access health care services that are covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). There is a new 1-800 number and email address that is available to any Ontarian who believes he or she has been “extra-billed” for an insured health service. Anyone in Ontario can make a complaint or ask questions by calling toll-free at 1-888-662-6613 or by emailing

June 30, 2011 Updates from the Mental Health Commission of Canada

Opening Minds is an anti-stigma initiative launched in 2009 by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). At that time, organizations across the country were invited to express interest in becoming a test site where a program would run and be evaluated. More than 50 programs were identified and selected. An overview of the Opening Minds programs by province is now available on the MHCC website

June 30, 2011 "Next to Normal" Opening Night

The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario (MDAO) is delighted to announce that it is part of the celebration on Opening Night of the hit Broadway show “Next to Normal.” The Tony and Pulitzer Award winning show is coming to the Four Seasons Centre Toronto, beginning July 19, 2011 and a portion of ticket sales for the big night will be donated to the MDAO for their peer support and recovery programmes for people living with depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder.

June 30, 2011 ConnexOntario provides rich data source for policymakers, mental health and addictions researchers

ConnexOntario, an organization funded by the Government of Ontario, maintains a comprehensive database of drug, alcohol, problem gambling, and mental health services information. Service providers and other professionals link daily with ConnexOntario to provide current and accurate data about treatment beds, support groups, crisis lines and other health services. Program information is reconciled with the data collected through the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Information System.

June 16, 2011 StatsCan finds higher rates of violence experienced by Aboriginal women

A recent Statistics Canada report reveals that nearly 13 per cent of Aboriginal women over age 15 reported that they had experienced a physical or sexual assault or robbery in the previous 12 months, a rate almost three times higher than that reported by non-Aboriginal women. The majority of incidents were committed by men who were acting alone. Three-quarters (76 per cent) of the incidents not involving a spouse or common-law partner were reported to police, compared with 70 percent of incidents involving non-Aboriginal women.