The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario (MDAO) wants input to inform the creation of a new website called Mental Health M.A.P. (short for My Action Plan). The website will support people with depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder in their recovery. Individuals can participate in an online survey, with all comments being held in strict confidence. To show their appreciation, MDAO will randomly draw five e-mail addresses to win an autographed copy of the book Dancing in the Rain: 25 Stories of Hope, Healing and Recovery. To be eligible for the draw, complete the survey by February 11, 2011. To participate in the survey, visit www.themindsuite.com/online. You will be asked for a survey code (enter “MDAO”) and password (enter your e-mail address or “MDAO”; if you use your e-mail address, you will be able to return to complete the survey at a later time).
The Accessibility Directorate of Ontario has launched a series of online videos to share Ontario’s accessibility success stories. The videos, available through a free YouTube channel, all feature original content about accessibility from across the province and in a range of settings. Viewers are encouraged to participate by leaving comments and linking to their own success videos. It is also possible to embed the website’s content on other websites. The channel will also feature monthly themes and accessibility news. To view the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario YouTube channel, visit www.youtube.com/accessontario.
John Howard Society of Ontario has released a new fact sheet, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and the Criminal Justice System: A Poor Fit. The fact sheet provides an overview of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), and shares statistics and key issues relating to individuals with FASD who come into contact with the justice system. Tips for assisting individuals with FASD are also highlighted. To access the fact sheet, visit www.johnhoward.on.ca.
The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation (Boston University) is now offering a Canadian version of the Certificate Program in Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation (PVR-Canada). The goal of PVR is to support individuals to choose, get and keep the employment and educational roles and settings of their choice. The PVR-Canada program is designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of employment and vocational practitioners in their work with people with psychiatric disabilities. The first PVR-Canada class will be delivered between May 2011 and April 2012, consisting of three training institutes (one week each) taking place in Toronto, with the rest of the program completed in the student’s home agency. (Organizers are currently exploring connecting to the training institutes with videoconferencing for students unable to travel to Toronto.) Application deadline for the 2011 class is March 15, 2011. For more information about the program, and how to apply, visit www.bu.edu.
The National Network for Mental Health (NNMH), a national, non-diagnostic consumer/survivor-driven mental health organization, has released its 2011 strategic plan. The document details the feedback received by NNMH from a pre-planning survey. The survey identified the need to strengthen the original mandate of the NNMH and forge a new role in the context of larger mental health strategies that are weakening the voice of consumers in directing mental health services. The overall strategic direction outlined in the plan is to: build a sustainable, responsive and accountable, member-driven organization; deliver a strong, unified and credible national consumer voice; and strengthen NNMH’s influence by working with key organizations. See “NNHM &mdash Strategic Planning Process: Final Report Draft,” October 30, 2010, available at www.nnmh.ca.
Systems Enhancement Evaluation Initiative (SEEI) principal investigators Drs. Lindsey George and Janet Durbin are guest editors of a SEEI special supplement issue of the Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health. SEEI evaluated the impact of a $167 million investment made by Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care towards community mental health services in the province.
The Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) is looking for an executive coordinator to assist the work of the committee. Regional and local HSJCCs coordinate resources and services, and plan more effectively for people with special needs who are in conflict with the law. The Provincial HSJCC, consisting of regional chairs and government ministry representatives, has been developed as a provincial planning body. Deadline for applications is January 28, 2011. For more information about this opportunity, visit www.hsjcc.on.ca. For more information about the HSJCCs, visit www.hsjcc.on.ca.
Psychosocial Rehabilitation Canada (PSR/RPS Canada) is currently planning its 2011 conference, Enhancing Recovery: Family, Culture and Community, to take place September 26-29, 2011 in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The planning committee is now accepting proposals for interactive presentations from individuals/families, programs and agencies (including clubhouse, social enterprise and First Nations communities). Submission deadline is February 1, 2011. For full instructions on how to submit an abstract, as well as information about the conference themes, visitwww.psrrpscanada.ca. For more information, contact Sherry Sim, event coordinator, by phone at 1-866-655-8548 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The British Columbia Society of Transition Houses is seeking input for a national scan on violence against women (VAW), mental wellness and substance use. The organization is interested in learning more about programs and services for women who have experience of violence, mental health issues and/or substance use. The scan will explore service delivery models; accessibility of VAW services for women with mental health and substance use issues; funding sources; and legislative or funding changes that have impacted programming at the provincial and/or federal levels in the past five years. For more information and to participate, contact Rebecca by e-mailing Rebecca@bcsth.ca or by calling 604-669-6943, ext. 221.
Applications are currently being accepted for the 2011-2013 post-doctoral fellowships in health equity at the Centre for Research in Inner City Health (CRICH) at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. The ACHIEVE Research Partnership, a CIHR strategic training initiative in health research, aims to provide new researchers with skills and knowledge about measuring and reducing health inequities. The program focuses on population health and health services interventions research, and community engagement, partnerships and knowledge translation. Fellows will have the opportunity to work closely with a mentor throughout the program. Deadline for application is February 1, 2011. For more information about eligibility and to apply, visit www.crich.ca.