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January 30, 2014 Housing, income security, increased funding for community mental health and addictions sector highlights of CMHA Ontario's budget submission

Annual economic cost of mental illnesses in CanadaThe provincial government should continue building on momentum created by Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy (2011) and provide targeted funding to enhance access to safe and affordable housing and provide income security, two key elements for recovery for people living with mental health conditions.

January 30, 2014 More than 130 participants learn about issues related to prisoner belongings during webinar

On Wednesday, January 29, 2014, the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) held its 4th webinar, this time focusing on prisoner belongings. The title of the webinar was “Stranded without Personal Belongings: putting individuals with mental health issues at risk.”

January 30, 2014 Bell Let's Talk raises more than $5 million

logo_letstalk_enCMHA Ontario and branches throughout the province were pleased to do their part in fighting stigma and raising awareness about mental health in the fourth annual Bell Let’s Talk Day. In all, the initiative raised $5,472,585, generating an more than an astonishing 109 million text messages, mobile and long distance calls, Tweets and Facebook shares.

January 30, 2014 Creators of integration resource provide webinar for health care community

Last fall, Mental Health Notes reported about a new website – – that can help and support organizations, agencies and people who are navigating the challenges of integration in order to achieve meaningful outcomes. Now, the creators the website, Community Health Ontario (CHO) – an alliance between the Association of Ontario Health Centres, the Ontario Community Support Association and Addictions and Mental Health Ontario – and CMHA Ontario are pleased to present a webinar to show how can help community health organizations survive and thrive in the world of integration pressures and opportunities.

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.