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February 13, 2014 Student Spotlight: Leisure as Mental Health Treatment

How can recreation and leisure pursuits help people with mental illness live full and engaged lives? Lauren Torok is exploring the role of leisure in the lives of individuals with mental illnesses. Her ultimate goal is to create a strengths-based therapeutic recreation treatment program.

February 13, 2014 Household food insecurity in Canada remains a major issue: report

food security report coverA new report on household food insecurity in Canada shines a light on what continues to be a major social and health problem in this country, and that is the lack of access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to maintain good health.

February 13, 2014 B.C. Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner invites public comment on police information checks investigation

There is a growing trend where employers from all sectors, not just those working with vulnerable populations, are requesting that job applicants provide a criminal record check. Similar to Ontario, in British Columbia, non-conviction records can show up on a police record check and this information can include:

  • warrants for arrest
  • peace bonds or restraining orders in effect
  • information about adverse police contact
  • charges approved by Crown Counsel that do not result in convictions
  • information related to the Youth Criminal Justice Act
  • information about an individual’s mental health
February 13, 2014 Mental/psychological disabilities most common disabilities for Canadian youth: Statistics Canada

image with the text canadian survey on disabilityStatistics Canada (StatsCan) recently released new information about disabilities in Canada. The information comes from the 2012 Canadian Survey on Disability (CSD).

February 13, 2014 Mental Health just as important for athletes as physical fitness and training

olympicsThe Sochi Winter Olympics are here! As spectators cheer for their country, athletes gear up to face the culmination of years of preparation. For them, a split second can mean the difference between winning a medal or being left off the podium; and the desire to succeed for one’s self, family, team and country is enormous. Additionally, some athletes may be coping with the diagnosis of a mental illness, such as anxiety or depression. To help athletes prepare for competitions, cope with performance anxiety, function well as part of a team and cultivate resiliency, many countries employ sports psychologists.

February 13, 2014 Webinar: Mental health and wellbeing of immigrants to Canada

chnet logoYou are invited to participate in a webinar about the mental health and wellbeing of immigrants to Canada at 1 p.m. on February 21, 2014.   The webinar will explore mental health outcomes for immigrants and refugees, as well as the mental health impacts of immigration and settlement.  Specific topics to be explored include:

  • Findings from the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Canada
  • Frontline service provider perspectives on the experiences of recent immigrants
  • Promising practices and service delivery approaches related to newcomer mental health
February 13, 2014 Addictions and Mental Health Ontario launches new website

AMHO_logoThere have been some major changes to the online presence of Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO). AMHO has adopted a new logo and redesigned its website to make it more visually appealing and easier to navigate than before. It also has a new website address:

February 13, 2014 Enter the 12th Annual BrainStorm Poetry Contest for Mental Health Consumers & Survivors

brainstormFor the 12th straight year, Open Minds Quarterly and Northern Initiative for Social Action (NISA) are seeking entries for the annual BrainStorm Poetry Contest, open to entries from poets internationally who identify as a person with lived experience of mental illness.

January 30, 2014 Housing, income security, increased funding for community mental health and addictions sector highlights of CMHA Ontario's budget submission

Annual economic cost of mental illnesses in CanadaThe provincial government should continue building on momentum created by Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy (2011) and provide targeted funding to enhance access to safe and affordable housing and provide income security, two key elements for recovery for people living with mental health conditions.

January 30, 2014 More than 130 participants learn about issues related to prisoner belongings during webinar

On Wednesday, January 29, 2014, the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) held its 4th webinar, this time focusing on prisoner belongings. The title of the webinar was “Stranded without Personal Belongings: putting individuals with mental health issues at risk.”