Mark June 29, 2011 on your calendars for the Ontario Healthy Workplace Coalition Networking Breakfast meeting. “What in the World is a Healthy Workplace? Perspectives from the World Health Organization” is the topic of the session, to be held at the Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Innovation. Jean Burton, internationally recognized expert on healthy workplaces and 2003 recipient of the Canadian Workplace Wellness Pioneer Award is the keynote speaker.
Statistics Canada has released a new report on police-reported hate crimes. Hate crimes are defined as criminal incidents based on race or ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. Of the 1,473 hate crimes reported in 2009, the greatest increases were those related to religion, which rose by 55 per cent. Racial or ethnic hate crimes went up 35 per cent and those related to sexual orientation rose 18 per cent. Of these, 54 per cent of the reports were mischief offences (graffiti or vandalism); forty per cent were violent crimes, such as assault.
Researchers from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) recently completed the first Ontario-wide study of emergency department (ED) use by adults with dual diagnosis (developmental disability and comorbid psychiatric disorder), comparing their ED use to those with developmental disability and no psychiatric disorder, to people with psychiatric disorder but no developmental disability, and to the general adult population. Researchers found that adults with developmental disability had higher rates of ED visits when compared to adults without developmental disability. The dual diagnosis group was most likely to visit the ED at least once in two years (55 per cent) and this group also had the highest proportion of “frequent users” (16 per cent versus 5 per cent of adults with psychiatric disorder only).
The Canadian Mental Health Association York Region Branch is holding its annual general meeting on June 20, 2011 in Vaughan, at the City Playhouse. Award-winning Steven Page, former lead singer of the Barenaked Ladies, will be the guest speaker. His humorous and entertaining style is sure to delight the audience.
An innovative new service has opened its doors in Waterloo. The Community Research Ethics Office (CREO), an initiative of the Centre for Community Based Research, provides community-based researchers with access to an ethics support and review process. The CREO’s services are offered in an environment that fosters the participation and collaboration of community researchers in a reflection process to maximize ethical conduct of research.
The Diabetes and Mental Health Peer Support Project has launched the first in a series of newsletters to increase awareness about the value of mental health peer support in diabetes prevention and self-management strategies. This inaugural newsletter focuses on peer support by providing a definition, an interview with a peer support trainer and an update of the project’s progress.
The Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health is seeking submissions for a special issue devoted to mental health promotion from a population health perspective. The special issue, sponsored by the Canadian Population Health Initiative of the Canadian Institute for Health Information, will put particular emphasis on equity and the role of social determinants of health.
The International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) has recently updated their summary document on peer support services in the mental health and addiction sectors in Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland and the US.
Rainbow Health Ontario is inviting proposals for its second biennial provincial conference on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) health and wellness. The 2012 conference, Supporting LGBT Health Through Every Stage of Life, will be held in Ottawa from March 20 to March 23, 2012. The conference will provide a forum for health and social service providers, community members, researchers and policy makers to share knowledge, experience and ideas, network, develop partnerships, and find inspiration for ongoing work.
July 15, 2011 is the deadline for applying to the Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research’s (NAMHR) 4th annual call for papers, for the Dr. Joseph Couture and Dr. Gail G. Valaskakis prizes. These awards are granted to two graduate students in health sciences who have a commitment to Aboriginal mental health. Winners will receive $500 and a certificate.