June 17, 2011 is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) bi-annual provincial conference. Titled “Human Services and Justice: Accomplishments, Changes and Opportunities,” this conference will be held in Toronto from November 21-23, 2011. The conference will cover a range of themes and showcase accomplishments and changes taking place in the human services and justice sectors. Interested individuals and organizations are invited to submit abstracts and presentation proposals on related topics.
Employee mental health has a huge impact on the bottom line of companies. The Mental Health Commission of Canada estimates that employee claims for workplace mental injury have increased as much as 700 percent in five years and cost the economy almost $30 billion annually due to absenteeism, reduced workplace performance, and benefit costs.
In a historic act of philanthropy, Bell Canada announced a $10 million donation to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) “Transforming Lives” campaign on May 11, 2011. This unprecedented donation is part of Bell’s Mental Health Initiative, a multi-year, country-wide program that targets the reduction of stigma surrounding mental illness.
Join OMHAKEN partner, Rainbow Health Ontario, for their Café Scientifique 2011, Rewriting a History of Pathologization: LGBT People and Mental Health Research.
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.
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.
Look to the April edition of the Minding Our Bodies e-bulletin for the latest announcements on:
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.
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:
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.