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September 20, 2012 Preventing Chronic Disease in Ontario: Panel Discussion Series

The Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (OCDPA) is hosting five panel sessions on topics related to chronic disease prevention. The sessions will feature current research and initiatives, discussions on critical issues and explore what action is still needed to address these matters.

September 17, 2012 World Suicide Prevention Day: Sept 10, 2012

Data from the World Health Organization indicate that approximately one million people worldwide die by suicide each year.

This corresponds to one death by suicide every 40 seconds.

September 6, 2012 Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival

For the 20th year, the “Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival” (RWMFF) will be held in Toronto, from November 9 to 17. Mental illness and addiction are again the focus, with a list of screenings already confirmed.

September 6, 2012 11th Annual Canadian Rural Health Research Society Conference

The Canadian Rural Health Research Society (CRHRS) 11th annual conference is being held in Lévis, Quebec on October 25 to 27, 2012. The title of the conference is “Rural and Remote Health Research: Creative Approaches.” The conference themes are Patient Advocacy, Innovation in Rural Health Research, Physical and Work Environments, First Nations, Metís, and Inuit Health, Rural and Remote Health Services Delivery, Health Professionals in Rural Locations, Knowledge Translation Strategies, Environmental and Social Impacts on Rural and Remote Health, Vulnerable Populations (e.g. Rural Senior’s and Children’s Health), Food Security, and Rural Communities and Health.

September 6, 2012 2012 Global Conference on the Social Determinants of Urban Mental Health

On September 19 – 20, 2012, at the Chicago Marriott Downtown, the Adler School of Professional Psychology and its Institute on Social Exclusion will host professionals in government, the academy and philanthropy to discuss the ways in which cities impact the mental health outcomes of urban residents, share information about emerging tools, practices, and processes for ensuring that those impacts narrow mental health inequities, and promote positive mental health and well-being.

August 2, 2012 Increased primary care access through technology in NE LHIN

The North East Local Health Integrated Network (NE LHIN) has invested in 29 new telemedicine nurses. This has allowed for more care closer to home, less travel and an increase in the types of care available at more than 260 telemedicine sites across the NE LHIN. This initiative supports the NE LHIN’s plan to enhance access to primary care for Northerners across a region that is larger than Germany.

August 2, 2012 OPDI, OAPC, OFCMHAP joint conference and AGM

The Ontario Peer Development Initiative (OPDI), the Ontario Association of Patient Councils (OAPC) and the Ontario Federation of Community Mental Health and Addictions Programs (Federation) are holding their joint conference and annual general meetings on September 27 and 28th, 2012 at the Yorkdale Holiday Inn, in Toronto.

August 2, 2012 Touched by Fire

Touched By Fire (TBF) is a non-profit program to celebrate, support, and inspire the work of artists with mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. An initiative of the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario, the project includes a non-juried, inclusive online gallery and a juried annual gala “the art show you have to be crazy to enter.”

August 2, 2012 Leaders needed for development of community mental health and addiction services module

The Ontario Federation of Community Mental Health and Addiction Programs (Federation), Addictions Ontario and the Ontario Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA Ontario) are joining with the Canadian Centre for Accreditation (CCA) to build on past experience in accrediting programs and create a CCA Community Mental Health and Addiction Services Module. This module will focus on program and service–specific standards that reflect leading practices in this sector and promote the highest quality of service. The development process will include working with leaders from across these sectors through an Advisory Group and consultation process.

August 2, 2012 Introducing YouThrive

YouThrive is a free, bilingual web-based resource that was developed in a partnership involving the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario (CMHA Ontario), the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the Ontario Lung Association (OLA) and Ophea.