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February 21, 2013 Youth mentoring yields positive mental health

The Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Mentoring Study conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) affirms the positive impact of mentoring on young lives.

February 21, 2013 Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act

On February 8, 2013, the Federal Justice Minister Robert Nicholson tabled a new bill, Bill C-54: An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act (mental disorder); the short-title of the bill is the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act.

February 21, 2013 National Network for Mental Health moving on strategic plan

The National Network for Mental Health (NNMH) is a national consumer-driven organization that promotes social justice and human rights through projected-based initiatives, such as the employment initiative BIULT Network. One hundred per cent of all of the board members, staff and individual voting members are mental health consumers and/or survivors.

February 21, 2013 SPARK research to practice in 2013

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is now accepting applications for its second SPARK Training Institute workshop, to be held July 10 to 11, 2013 in Victoria, British Columbia. Applications are welcome from Canadians working or volunteering in communities, health facilities, mental health, substance use or addictions programmes, Aboriginal organizations, academia, non-profit or policy makers.

February 21, 2013 Rainbow Health Ontario looking for 2014 conference abstracts

Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO) invites interested individuals to submit proposals for the 2014 RHO conference, “Creating Change Together.” The conference will take place in Toronto from February 5 to 7, 2014.

The conference will address the following key issues:

February 21, 2013 Insomnia and feelings of hopelessness can be deadly (USA)

In a small but interesting study out of the USA, researchers have found a link between insomniacs who experience despair over getting a good night’s sleep, and a higher risk for suicide.

February 21, 2013 FDA warns sleeping pills may impair driving next morning (USA)

The most recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association(JAMA), contains a warning from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about the use of the sleep medication zolpidem and its prolonged effects, even after eight hours, in some individuals.

February 7, 2013 Pooling Ideas on healthy living programs for mental health

Minding Our Bodies will be hosting a one-day knowledge exchange and networking forum, Pooling Ideas, in Toronto on March 15, 2013. Pooling Ideas will showcase the most promising practices based on the 2012/2013 Minding Our Bodies-funded programs. Program coordinators/ managers and allied partners will share what works in physical activity and healthy eating programming to support people at risk of, or living with, mental health and addiction issues.

February 7, 2013 CMHA Durham Exemplary Accreditation Status extended

Following an extensive accreditation process in the fall of 2012, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Durham Branch (CMHA Durham) was delighted to receive a three-year Exemplary Standing by Accreditation Canada.

February 7, 2013 Need to enhance communications with correctional facilities?

On January 22, 2013 the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) in partnership with the Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) hosted a webinar on communicating with correctional facilities. This webinar is now available for viewing online on the HSJCC Community of Interest Web Portal.