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November 21, 2013 Early findings promising for Mental Health Commission of Canada anti-stigma projects

Opening Minds Interim report

Anti-stigma projects are demonstrating promising practices that could be replicated in many communities across Canada, according to preliminary evaluation findings in a Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) interim report.

November 21, 2013 Winnipeg Mental Health Court’s First Success Story

In early November, after completing an 18-month customized treatment program, 44-year-old Shane Barratt made history by becoming the first graduate of Winnipeg’s Mental Health Court.

November 21, 2013 Students lead conversation at Canadian mental health summit

Unleash the NoiseStudents across Canada are encouraged to apply for Unleash the Noise 2014, the second annual Student Mental Health Innovation Summit in Canada.

November 21, 2013 World Diabetes Day draws attention to vulnerable populations


On Thursday, November 14, 2013, millions of people worldwide wore blue in honor of World Diabetes Day, an awareness campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization in response to the escalating health threat of diabetes across the globe.

November 7, 2013 CMHA Ontario/Provincial HJSCC feedback reflected in Ministry of Attorney General bail recommendations

Image courtesy of Kittisak - FreeDigitalPhotos.netCMHA Ontario and its partner, the Provincial Human Service and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC), is pleased that feedback provided to the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG) is reflected in new, key recommendations  to improve the provincial bail system.

November 7, 2013 Campus mental health focus of upcoming knowledge-exchange event

CICMH_logoOntario’s Centre for Innovation on Campus Mental Health (CICMH), which has a mission to help Ontario’s colleges and universities enhance capacity to help support student mental health and wellbeing, is gearing up for a full-day knowledge-exchange event on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.

November 7, 2013 CMHA Ontario attends Forum on Youth Mental Health and Justice

On October 30, 2013, the Ministries of Children and Youth Services, Attorney General and Education came together to host an important Forum on Youth Mental Health and Justice. This event comes after the inquest of a 16-year old youth who died while in custody, and a growing concern that recommendations from child death inquests are seldom carried out.

November 7, 2013 CMHA Ontario Director Appointed MHCC Vice Chair

Uppala Chandrasekera

CMHA Ontario would like to congratulate its Director of Policy and Planning, Uppala Chandrasekera, on her appointment as Vice Chair for the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC).

November 7, 2013 CMHA Ottawa celebrates 60 years of mental health service

CMHA Ottawa reached a milestone of 60 years of service in Ottawa’s mental health community this year, with the event marked recently with a celebration at the CMHA National conference. The organization began in 1953 when a small group of Ottawa citizens came together to determine the mental health needs of the Ottawa region. Originally led by a team of volunteers, CMHA Ottawa is now a leader in mental health services and resources for the Ottawa area.

November 7, 2013 Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police releases Best Practices in Policing and LGBTQ Communities

Best Practices in Policing and LGBTQ CommunitiesThe Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) has recently announced a new document that aims to improve interactions and strengthen the relationships between the police and the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities.