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May 30, 2013 CMHA Ontario welcomes new Director of Communications

Camille Quenneville, CEO of Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario, is very pleased to announce that Joe Kim has joined CMHA Ontario as the Director of Communications. Joe brings vast experience to this job, having most recently managed all communications for the city of Orillia, and from his time at Queen’s Park working for provincial cabinet ministers. A former journalist, Joe will help CMHA Ontario develop consistent communications; assist branches with their local needs; play a key role in the “branding” efforts of the association at all three levels of the organization and ensure Canadian Mental Health Association’s presence in all forms of media – social, electronic and print.

Welcome Joe!

May 30, 2013 CMHA and Partners for Mental Health host national awareness day for workplace mental health

On May 9, Partners for Mental Health and CMHA launched the “Not Myself Today” campaign with the aim of soliciting funds and support for improving mental health in the workplace.

May 30, 2013 CMHA Ontario hosts book launch honouring local mental health champion

Linda Chamberlain, a psychiatric survivor and award-winning mental health champion, has published a book sharing her inspiring journey through illness and homelessness.

May 30, 2013 Research Snapshot: Are financial burdens compromising the social and occupational recovery goals of EIP programs?

One of the goals of early intervention services for psychosis (often called EIP) is to help clients to recover fully. Services can include helping them find and hold a job after they have been diagnosed with a psychotic disorder, facilitating their return to school, or promoting long-term career planning. When people receiving EIP services are not financially secure, they often rely on government disability income. While this income can help them deal with the financial burdens of mental illness, it can also discourage them from seeking or keeping a job and other career development activities.

May 30, 2013 Research Report Round-up: The Real Cost of Homelessness

Relying on emergency programs to help the homeless is expensive. A report by the Homeless Hub tries to answer the following questions: Do the current expenditures to provide emergency services to homeless individuals make sense? What is the best way to deal with homelessness in Canada? Could we actually save money by housing people and preventing them from becoming homeless in the first place, rather than letting them continue to use emergency shelters and day programs?

May 30, 2013 Is suicide contagious?

A recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) finds that youth who are exposed to suicides among their peers are more at risk for suicides themselves. This phenomenon, known as “suicide contagion,” was recently studied to understand if there are at-risk youth groups that require unique interventions when exposed to suicides among their peer group, particularly amongst their school mates. While existing research exists, it does not account for who is most vulnerable to suicide contagion.

May 30, 2013 Socio-economic disparities contribute to Canadian hospitalizations for self-injury

A new report finds that fewer people in Canada would be hospitalized for self-injury if socio-economic disparities were reduced. If all neighbourhoods in Canada had the same hospitalization rates for self-injury as the most affluent, the national rate would be 27 per cent lower. These findings are significant given that self-injury-related hospitalizations may indicate gaps in services and supports at the community-level.

May 30, 2013 Progress Report: Action Plan for Mental Health in New Brunswick 2011-2018

The government of New Brunswick recently released a progress report on their “Action Plan for Mental Health 2011-2018.” The progress report describes measures implemented during the first two years of the action plan.

May 30, 2013 DSM-5 released amidst controversy

The new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) has been officially released amidst major controversy. It is an update on the previous 1994 classification of mental illnesses. The fifth edition of the Manual, intended as a guide to assist clinicians diagnose and treat mental disorders, has received much criticism from the medical community and public alike.

May 30, 2013 Mental Health Action Plan final draft (WHO)

The World Health Organization (WHO) presented a final draft of a “Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013–2020″ at the World Health Assembly which took place in Geneva from May 20-28, 2013. The draft plan, in consultation with Member States, follows the adopted resolution of May 2012 to consider a comprehensive, coordinated response from health and social sectors at the country level to address the global burden of mental disorders.