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January 30, 2014 Mothers hope to lift veil of stigma of suicide in powerful new video

An emotional video available exclusively from CMHA London-Middlesex features two mothers who share their profound grief in order to try and help others impacted by the affects of suicide.

January 30, 2014 Ontario's minimum wage increased to $11/hour

image of calculator resting on pile of coinsAfter remaining frozen at $10.25 for the last four years, Ontario’s minimum wage will be increased to $11 per hour, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Labour Minister Yasir Naqvi announced on January 30, 2014.

January 30, 2014 Ontario increases support for people with mental and physical illnesses, personal support workers

The week of January 26, 2014 included two separate announcements from Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Deb Matthews.

January 30, 2014 Research Report Round-up: New Approach to Mental Health and Criminal Justice

The 2011–2012 annual report, Correctional Investigator of Canada showed that 36% of federal offenders needed psychiatric or psychological support. It also showed that 45% of male inmates and 69% of female inmates were hospitalized for a mental health issue. This overrepresentation of people with mental illness in the criminal justice system is often referred to as the “criminalization” of mental illness.

January 30, 2014 Promising Practices: Kenora Circus Kids Program improves mental health among hard-to-reach youth

What does juggling and unicycling have to do with improving self-esteem and disruptive behaviour? Jack Martin and Rooke Pitura of William Creighton Youth Services in Kenora made the connection when they attended a spring break Circus and Magic Partnership (C.A.M.P.) program for inner city kids in Winnipeg in 2004. What they saw left them speechless and committed to bringing the program 200 miles East to Kenora, Ontario.

January 30, 2014 Sharing Information across the border poses concerns for individuals with mental health and addictions issues

In late January, it was reported that the Canada Board Services Agency (CBSA) is ready to begin sharing personal information with the United States Department of Homeland Security under the new Entry/Exit Initiative. This $139-million project has been in the works since 2011 as part of the Beyond the Border agreement between Canada and the United States. In the third and final phase of this initiative, the CBSA will expand the scope of monitoring to all people passing through land border crossings including, Canadian citizens by June of 2014.

January 30, 2014 Service Collaboratives: the basics

Among the initiatives of Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy is Systems Improvement through Service Collaboratives (SISC). The goal is to create 18 Service Collaboratives that will improve services for Ontarians experiencing mental health and addictions issues by focusing on transitions: between hospital and community settings; health and justice systems; and youth and adult services.

January 30, 2014 Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario recognizes the one-year anniversary of mentally healthier Canadian workplaces

image of MHCC psychological standard cover and download linkCMHA Ontario is pleased to celebrate the first anniversary of Canada’s first-ever National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace in Canada.

January 24, 2014 CMHA encourages all Canadians to increase the volume and frequency of conversations about mental health in communities across the country on Bell Let’s Talk Day

On January 28, 2014, Bell will hold the fourth annual Bell Let’s Talk Day and CMHA is encouraging Canadians across the country to text, call and tweet in support of this important awareness campaign.

January 16, 2014 LMA Works Day generates support for Labour Market Agreements

LMAWorksYesterday marked the first twitter chat on an employment issue that has gained national attention. The Labour Market Agreements (LMA) Works Day, a day of action, was intended to raise awareness of provincial employment programs by profiling success stories from employers who are funded to provide services to vulnerable workers, including those with mental health conditions.