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May 2, 2013 VIA Rail revising policy on Support Persons for Travelers with Disabilities

Via Rail has a policy on travelling with a support person, and not having to buy a ticket for the support person, which they call their “Escort Policy”. The current policy requires passengers who travel and request to have a support person travel with them free of the extra charge demonstrate that they need assistance in at least one of three core areas: eating, personal hygiene and taking medication.

May 2, 2013 Health Council of Canada to close

In its most recent budget, the Federal government announced that it will wind down funding for the Health Council of Canada. The Health Council’s role is to monitor and report on the progress of commitments made in the 2003 First Ministers’ Accord on Health Care Renewal and the 2004 10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care. The Health Council will continue to operate for the rest of this fiscal year and will conclude its operations early in 2014/15.

May 2, 2013 Working with Schizophrenia: Pathways to employment, recovery and inclusion (United Kingdom)

In a recent report titled, “Working with Schizophrenia: Pathways to Employment, Recovery and Inclusion”, The Work Foundation (UK) identified barriers (individual, attitudinal and structural) and interventions that could increase the number of workers with schizophrenia working in the UK labour market.

April 18, 2013 CMHA Ontario announces project director for Centre for Innovation on Campus Mental Health

In the last issue of Mental Health Notes, we shared exciting news about the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario (CMHA Ontario) and our lead role in running the Centre for Innovation on Campus Mental Health, in partnership with Collleges Ontario, the Council of Ontario Universities, the College Student Alliance and the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance.

The project will be housed at CMHA Ontario and will run for two years with funds provided by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

April 18, 2013 CMHA Ontario launches redesigned website

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario unveiled its new website today. The new site has a more modern look, allowing visitors to find information on mental health issues easily, learn about CMHA Ontario’s policy work and special projects, and discover ways to get involved with CMHA Ontario. Built-in interactive capabilities allow visitors to share pages and posts easily through social media channels.

April 18, 2013 Trauma Guidelines for women's substance use services

In our last issue of Mental Health Notes, we noted that the Ontario Drug Treatment Funding Program (ODTF) would soon be posting guidelines to support organizations providing substance use treatment services for women. “Trauma Matters: Guidelines for Trauma-Informed Practices in Women’s Substance Use Services” will help you understand the interconnections of trauma and substance use, and provide better care for substance-involved women who have experienced trauma.

April 18, 2013 Research Snapshot: Teen immigrants and drug addiction

Stigma towards drug addiction is a research field largely untouched. Even fewer studies look at stigma related to drug addiction among adolescents. A teenager’s developmental stage, their personal experiences, and peer pressure make this period an unpredictable one. Add immigration experiences to those factors, and teenagers’ perceptions and attitudes will vary even more. How do teens from different immigration backgrounds feel about drug addiction?

April 18, 2013 Research Report Round-up: Implementing a woman abuse screening protocol

There is more and more research that shows links between substance use issues and mental health. There also is some evidence to show that trauma is somehow linked to mental health and substance abuse problems.

April 18, 2013 Pan-Canadian Prescription Drug Strategy released

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA), in partnership with the National Advisory Council (NAC) on Prescription Drug Misuse, released a 10-year, pan-Canadian strategy, “First Do No Harm: Responding to Canada’s Prescription Drug Crisis.”

April 18, 2013 Canadian Diabetes Association releases 2013 Clinical Practice Guidelines

The Canadian Diabetes Association released its 2013 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada (the Guidelines) that aim to improve prevention strategies and the quality of care for those living with the disease.