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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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!
Editor, Mental Health Notes
Thank you for the warm welcome you have given me as I begin my new role at CMHA Ontario Division. I am very grateful, and so pleased to have the opportunity to continue my work in the field of mental health. I look forward to working with all of you.
The holiday season and end of the year are always a good time for reflection and to consider what lies ahead. 2013 will bring many opportunities for us to continue to work together towards mental health for all. I can’t wait! I hope you enjoy all that the season has to offer with family and friends.
CEO, CMHA Ontario Division
The Community of Interest (CoI) for Racialized Populations and Mental Health and Addictions is a new provincial forum for knowledge exchange and collaborative knowledge creation focused on issues related to racialized populations and mental health and addictions. The goal of the CoI is to strategically leverage existing or emerging evidence (including community-based, lived experience as well as peer-reviewed academic and other sources of knowledge ) to improve provincial, LHIN and provider policy, planning and practice related to racialized populations and mental health and addictions.
We also want to take a moment to extend our heart-felt thanks to Mr. Zon as he retires from his position as CEO at CMHA Ontario Division. Lorne has been at the helm of CMHA Ontario for the past five and a half years and while his retirement is well-deserved, his visionary leadership and exceptional skill at building collaborative relationships will be missed.