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March 7, 2013 Positive mental health, a priority indicator: Chief Medical Officer of Health

Positive mental health is a priority indicator selected by Dr. Arlene King, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, in her annual report released on February 7 entitled, “Maintaining the Gains, Moving the Yardstick.”

March 7, 2013 Addictions Ontario/Ontario Federation of Community Health and Addictions Programs First Annual Conference

Addictions Ontario/ Ontario Federation of Community Health and Addictions Programs (OFCHAP) is hosting its First Annual Conference on May 26, 27 & 28, 2013 in Toronto. This conference will deliver information as well as offer a networking opportunity to all participants. The opening keynote speaker will be Scott Millar.

Detailed conference agenda and registration will be available shortly, so hold the date!

February 21, 2013 “Let’s Talk” with the CEO, CMHA Ontario

Bell Let’s Talk Day 2013 was the third successful national conversation raising awareness about the stigma surrounding mental illness, as well as funds to support organizations helping those with mental health challenges. Millions of calls, texts, tweets and Facebook shares by Canadians raised $4,813,313 for mental health programs. Way to go Canada and thanks to Bell for their support!

CMHA Ontario’s CEO, Camille Quenneville was interviewed on CP24 and CTV during Let’s Talk Day 2013. Click here to see the CTV interview as Ms. Quenneville talks about stigma and the burden of mental illness on the individual, our economy and society.

February 21, 2013 Mental health in the workplace

As part of Bell’s Let’s Talk Day 2013, Canada AM produced a special on “Mental health issues in the workplace.” Kathy Jurgens, CMHA Ontario’s National Program Manager for Mental Health Works, was on hand that day to lend her support to the cause.

February 21, 2013 Throne Speech good news for mental health

On February 19, the Speech from the Throne: The Way Forward was given for the second session of the 40th parliament in Ontario. It focused on building a stronger economy and ensuring a fair society. Among its commitments was a promise to invest more in mental health services and fight stigma.

February 21, 2013 Government continues funding for At-Home/Chez Soi

The Government of Ontario recently announced that they will continue housing and supports for 216 units serving 240 former homeless adults with mental health conditions living in Toronto. At Home/Chez Soi is a demonstration research initiative of the Mental Health Commission of Canada that was launched in 2008.

February 21, 2013 HSJCC conference call for proposals now open

The Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee’s (HSJCC) 2013 Educational and Training Provincial Conference call for abstracts is now open. The conference, titled “New Realities: The Changing World from Youth to Elderly in Human Services & Justice” will be held from November 25-27, 2013 in Toronto.

February 21, 2013 Research Snapshot: How does perceived support in school relate to teens' mental health?

Studies show that self-esteem goes down and symptoms of depression and mental disorders rise as adolescents move from grade to grade at school. However, strong emotional support from their classmates and teachers helps ward off mental health problems in youth.

February 21, 2013 Research Report Roundups: Meeting the needs of youth with substance abuse problems

Given that youth are at a different developmental stage than adults, organizations serving youth with substance use problems have a challenge: How to provide the best possible programs and services and meet the unique needs of their clients? The Ontario Youth Strategy Project, a working committee of Addictions Ontario, with the support of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, developed a set of guidelines for assessing their policies, procedures, programs, services, and training, to ensure that they are in line with best practice.

February 21, 2013 Promising Practice: Readiness scale ready for prime time?

A team at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre is evaluating a new tool designed to help social workers and their clients decide if a person is ready to move from intensive community mental health services to less intensive services. The tool is called the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Transition Readiness Scale.