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May 19, 2011 RHO's Café Scientifique 2011: Bringing health research out of the closet

Join OMHAKEN partner, Rainbow Health Ontario, for their Café Scientifique 2011, Rewriting a History of Pathologization: LGBT People and Mental Health Research.

May 5, 2011 At Risk Teens run Mississauga marathons

Mississauga teens faced with mental health issues are training for 5k and 10k marathons to be held on May 14th and 15th. The Mississauga Marathons have become an annual event for the Credit Valley Hospital Run Group (CVH Run Group) and a focal point for teens participating in the program.

May 5, 2011 OMA calls on government to end three-month wait for OHIP applicants

The Ontario Medical Association (OMA), the body that represents the province’s physicians, has called on the provincial government to eliminate the three-month wait time for people applying for Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage. The current waiting period applies to most new applicants and former Ontario residents who have returned after living outside Canada for a long period. In their statement, the OMA expresses concern that the existing policy adversely impacts the health of new immigrants, returning Canadians and the wider community, and offers evidence that health costs would not increase if the wait time was removed.

April 21, 2011 Subscribe to Minding Our Bodies e-bulletin

Look to the April edition of the Minding Our Bodies e-bulletin for the latest announcements on:

April 21, 2011 TDSB FUTURES pre-conference day focuses on child and youth mental health

For its inaugural FUTURES Conference, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) will be presenting a pre-conference day on May 2, 2011 devoted to increasing awareness of child and youth mental health issues. Dr. Ian Manion will be the keynote speaker on school mental health. There will also be a myriad of seminars on mental health issues relating to students, schools, and children and youth of diverse backgrounds. The day will round out with a panel of experts.

April 21, 2011 PSR Canada seeking nominations for Pioneer Awards

Psychosocial Rehabilitation Canada (PSR/RPS Canada) is seeking nominations for its Pioneer Awards, which acknowledge contributions made by individuals and organizations in the mental health field. Nominations are sought in four categories:

April 21, 2011 Two new workshops from the Opening Doors Project

The Opening Doors Project is returning for a second year with two new workshops. Opening Doors is a collaborative project between Canadian Mental Health Association, Toronto Branch; Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services; and Across Boundaries Ethnoracial Mental Health Centre, with funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Its purpose is to strengthen mental health, anti-racism and anti-discrimination literacy in Ontario communities.

April 7, 2011 Mental Health and Physical Activity Roundtable

During Mental Heath Week (May 1-7, 2011), Minding Our Bodies will be holding a one-day Mental Health and Physical Activity Roundtable. It will take place on May 5 at the Metro Central YMCA in Toronto.

April 7, 2011 Deadline extended for making submissions to OHRC

April 30, 2011 is the extended deadline for making submissions to the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) with respect to their human rights and mental health consultation paper. The OHRC is inviting submissions from individuals and organizations, focusing on four key areas: 1) The types of discrimination that happen based on mental health disabilities and/or addictions in the areas of housing, services and employment; 2) If there are laws, policies, procedures or systemic practices related to housing, employment or services that disproportionately disadvantage people with mental health issues and/or addictions; 3) The information that housing, service providers and employers need to help protect the rights of people with mental health disabilities and/or addictions; and 4) What the OHRC and other bodies can do to raise public awareness, prevent and address these human rights issues.

April 7, 2011 Implementation and outcomes of a Court Outreach Program

The final two articles in the Systems Enhancement Evaluation Initiative (SEEI) special issue look at the implementation and outcomes of a Court Outreach Program (COP) for people who are legally involved, and have severe and persistent mental illness.