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April 5, 2013 Pooling Ideas: A great forum for exchanging knowledge!

On Friday, March 15, 2013, Minding Our Bodies held a knowledge exchange and networking forum in Toronto, Ontario, to showcase the most promising practices based on the 2012/2013 Minding Our Bodies-funded programs. Program coordinators/ managers and allied partners shared what works in physical activity and healthy eating programming to support people at risk of, or living with, mental health and addiction issues. More than 45 people participated in the full-day workshop, hosted at the YWCA Elm Centre, a community support centre dedicated to improving the lives of girls and women.

April 5, 2013 Launch of new CMHA Waterloo Wellington Dufferin Branch

The Canadian Mental Health Association, (CMHA) Grand River Branch and Trellis Mental Health and Development Services (Trellis) officially launched their merger on April 1st, 2013, making CMHA Waterloo Wellington Dufferin branch the largest community mental health provider in Ontario. The new organization will have 11 locations in the tri-city area, Guelph and Orangeville, and a combined budget of $30 million.

April 5, 2013 ODEN: Move ODSP employment programmes to Employment Ontario

The Ontario Disability Network (ODEN) – a provincial network of employment service providers that assist persons with disabilities find and keep work – has published a position paper that calls on the Ontario government to move ODSP employment programming to Employment Ontario, the employment and training division of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).

April 5, 2013 Research Snapshot: How staff feel about their client-centered clinics

Many clinics have redesigned their physical spaces to better suit the needs of their clients, but we don’t know much about the effect this approach has on the service providers.

April 5, 2013 Trauma-informed practices

Many women who are involved with substance use have experienced trauma. For this reason, it’s important for health care providers to understand the interconnections of trauma and substance use so that they can provide better care for these women.

April 5, 2013 Regular family meals serve up teen mental health

Researchers from McGill University in Montreal have found that teens in families who eat dinner together on a regular basis are “….more trusting and generally more emotionally stable compared to those who don’t.” Their research is published in this month’s issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health.

March 31, 2013 Last chance to join the Think Tank on racialized communities, mental health and addictions, and emergency department use

A few webinar spaces remain for the think tank about racialized communities, mental health and addictions, and emergency department (ED) use in Ontario. This webinar will feature live streaming of an event hosted by the Community of Interest (COI) for Racialized Populations and Mental Health and Addictions on March 26, 2013 at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.

March 21, 2013 Free HSJCC webinar on police-emergency department issues

The Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) in partnership with the Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) is hosting a free webinar on Thursday, March 28 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on police-emergency department issues. Police officers, by virtue of their role as emergency responders, are often the first to arrive on the scene of a mental health crisis, and they often accompany individuals to the emergency room. Police officers and emergency room staff can offer unique insight about how to make the emergency room more efficient for all, both in terms of reducing wait-times for police officers and increasing care for the person in crisis. This webinar will highlight strategies for implementing police-emergency department protocols and provide an example of a successful protocol from Hamilton, Ontario.

March 21, 2013 Celebrating ten years: Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance

This year the Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (OCDPA) celebrates its tenth year anniversary. The OCDPA was officially established in February 2003 when it became clear that there was an urgent need for integrated action and collaboration on the issue of chronic disease prevention in Ontario.

March 21, 2013 Research Snapshot: Achieving success when mental health care and justice systems meet

In Canada, people with mental illnesses are three times more likely to get arrested than those without a disorder. The justice system has “diversion programs” to help people with mental illnesses who are charged with, or convicted of, a crime. We know these programs reduce repeat-offender rates and homelessness. But what makes these programs so successful? And what are the challenges of implementing them?