The Canadian Mental Health Association York Region Branch is holding its annual general meeting on June 20, 2011 in Vaughan, at the City Playhouse. Award-winning Steven Page, former lead singer of the Barenaked Ladies, will be the guest speaker. His humorous and entertaining style is sure to delight the audience.
An innovative new service has opened its doors in Waterloo. The Community Research Ethics Office (CREO), an initiative of the Centre for Community Based Research, provides community-based researchers with access to an ethics support and review process. The CREO’s services are offered in an environment that fosters the participation and collaboration of community researchers in a reflection process to maximize ethical conduct of research.
The Diabetes and Mental Health Peer Support Project has launched the first in a series of newsletters to increase awareness about the value of mental health peer support in diabetes prevention and self-management strategies. This inaugural newsletter focuses on peer support by providing a definition, an interview with a peer support trainer and an update of the project’s progress.
The Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health is seeking submissions for a special issue devoted to mental health promotion from a population health perspective. The special issue, sponsored by the Canadian Population Health Initiative of the Canadian Institute for Health Information, will put particular emphasis on equity and the role of social determinants of health.
The International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) has recently updated their summary document on peer support services in the mental health and addiction sectors in Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland and the US.
Rainbow Health Ontario is inviting proposals for its second biennial provincial conference on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) health and wellness. The 2012 conference, Supporting LGBT Health Through Every Stage of Life, will be held in Ottawa from March 20 to March 23, 2012. The conference will provide a forum for health and social service providers, community members, researchers and policy makers to share knowledge, experience and ideas, network, develop partnerships, and find inspiration for ongoing work.
July 15, 2011 is the deadline for applying to the Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research’s (NAMHR) 4th annual call for papers, for the Dr. Joseph Couture and Dr. Gail G. Valaskakis prizes. These awards are granted to two graduate students in health sciences who have a commitment to Aboriginal mental health. Winners will receive $500 and a certificate.
June 17, 2011 is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) bi-annual provincial conference. Titled “Human Services and Justice: Accomplishments, Changes and Opportunities,” this conference will be held in Toronto from November 21-23, 2011. The conference will cover a range of themes and showcase accomplishments and changes taking place in the human services and justice sectors. Interested individuals and organizations are invited to submit abstracts and presentation proposals on related topics.
Employee mental health has a huge impact on the bottom line of companies. The Mental Health Commission of Canada estimates that employee claims for workplace mental injury have increased as much as 700 percent in five years and cost the economy almost $30 billion annually due to absenteeism, reduced workplace performance, and benefit costs.
In a historic act of philanthropy, Bell Canada announced a $10 million donation to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) “Transforming Lives” campaign on May 11, 2011. This unprecedented donation is part of Bell’s Mental Health Initiative, a multi-year, country-wide program that targets the reduction of stigma surrounding mental illness.