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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.

January 15, 2014 CMHA Peel welcomes new CEO

CMHA Ontario would like to welcome CMHA Peel’s new Chief Executive Officer, David Smith, to the organization.

January 10, 2014 CMHA offers opinion about operational stress injuries and mental illnesses in the police force

Kathy Jurgens, National Program Manager for Mental Health Works – a Canada-wide program based at CMHA Ontario – was recently quoted about the mental health challenges that officers face in their line of work.

January 8, 2014 Offenders unable to retrieve belongings poses risks

An upcoming webinar hosted by the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) will examine issues related to Ontario’s justice system and the challenges offenders face retrieving personal property.

January 7, 2014 Addiction Supportive Housing Implementation Review reveals impact of housing support

Housing support in any form is an effective intervention for people with severe addiction or mental health issues in the province, according to a review by Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO).