Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) have serious public health, social, and economic impacts. Individuals with FASD often have health issues and special needs that require ongoing support. When support is not available, they may face challenges related to mental and physical health, addiction, education, employment, and involvement with the justice system. These challenges have a heavy impact both on the individual and society.
CMHA Ontario supports the view that provinces and territories are co-owners of a national healthcare system, with a shared responsibility to meet the needs of Canadians, as outlined in the Health Council of Canada’s new report on health care reform.
You may be hearing even more news about mental health in the month of October. That’s because:
- The entire month is deemed Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month (with a focus on mental health)
- Tuesday, Oct. 1st through to Sunday, Oct. 6 is Mental Illness Awareness Week
- Thursday, Oct. 10th is World Mental Health Day
Issues around mental health and mental illness can be complex, particularly when workplace stressors become a factor. Canada’s first national standard on psychological health and safety in the workplace was announced in January and provides organizations with guidelines on preventing mental injury, reducing psychological risk, and promoting a mentally healthier workplace. To help address these issues, the Canadian Mental Health Association’s award-winning Mental Health Works program is offering two workshops for supervisors, managers, and human resources professionals to learn strategies on creating supportive workplace and implement positive change toward improved psychological health and safety in your organization.
CMHA Ontario would like to thank the Evidence Exchange Network for its renewed support for three CMHA-led Communities of Interest (CoIs) in Ontario. The COIs for Racialized Populations and Mental Health and Addictions, Peer Support in Mental Health and Addictions, and the Intersection of Criminal Justice, Mental Health, Addictions and Human Services have all received renewed funding to continue the work they began last year.
As local and provincial media continue to discuss the role of police in crisis response and de-escalation for people with mental health issues, several CMHA branches have shared their experiences in working with local police to serve the greater community.
CMHA Ontario is funding a landmark research study by the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) that will examine the effects of stigma and discrimination on youth living with mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and depression.
Dietitians of Canada, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario and the University of British Columbia are partnering on a national project to develop and prioritize research questions to improve nutrition practice in community mental health.
Jessica Cashmore, a crisis response worker with the Canadian Mental Health Association Cochrane-Timiskaming Branch, is a shining example of what someone can achieve with a helping hand.