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March 7, 2013 Meeting of the Minds: Women, Trauma and Substance Use

On Thursday, February 21, 2013, EENet hosted a webinar on Women, Trauma, and Substance Use: Guidelines for Informed Practices, one of eleven projects that make up the Ontario Drug Treatment Funding Program (DTFP).

March 7, 2013 Precarious employment and well-being

A recent study conducted by McMaster University in Hamilton, United Way in Toronto and the Poverty and Employment Precarity in Southern Ontario (PEPSO) found that precarious work leads to anxiety and stress, affects social relationships and diminishes community connections.

March 7, 2013 ADHD post-secondary scholarship program

Shire Canada Inc. is launching a new Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Scholarship Program tailored for Canadians who are 18 years and over, pursuing post-secondary education and diagnosed with ADHD. The Program will award recipients with a unique scholarship that combines financial support for tuition ($1,500) as well as one year’s worth of ADHD coaching services provided by the Edge Foundation. The Scholarship’s ADHD coaching component is specifically designed to address the challenges that students with ADHD may face during the transition to higher education.

March 7, 2013 Homicidal death greatly increased amongst those with mental illness (Sweden)

In this month’s issue of the British Medical Journal (BMJ), Swedish researchers reveal that mortality rates due to homicide are more than doubled if an individual has a mental illness or substance use disorder, irrespective of age, sex or other sociodemographic factors.

March 7, 2013 The global burden of alcohol

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) recently published the results of a study that shows alcohol is the third leading cause of disease and injury world-wide, superceded only by high blood pressure and tobacco smoking. The study was published in the journal, Addiction on March 4, 2013.

March 7, 2013 Host "Making Connections" training in your community

Making Connections training is about developing a common understanding about domestic violence and co-occurring mental health and/or substance use problems in women. Making Connections contains a full curriculum including a text manual, online modules and discussion forum, and a full day, cross-sectoral workshop for frontline professionals. Local training across Ontario will help participants share their expertise and resources with those working in other sectors, and work to reduce barriers for women who experience these co-occurring issues.

March 7, 2013 North East LHIN's Mental Health and Substance Use forum

The North East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is hosting an all-day forum on Tuesday March 19, from 8:00 a.m – 4 :00 p.m. at the Steel Workers Union Hall and Conference Center, 66 Brady St., in Sudbury.

March 7, 2013 Positive mental health, a priority indicator: Chief Medical Officer of Health

Positive mental health is a priority indicator selected by Dr. Arlene King, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, in her annual report released on February 7 entitled, “Maintaining the Gains, Moving the Yardstick.”

March 7, 2013 Addictions Ontario/Ontario Federation of Community Health and Addictions Programs First Annual Conference

Addictions Ontario/ Ontario Federation of Community Health and Addictions Programs (OFCHAP) is hosting its First Annual Conference on May 26, 27 & 28, 2013 in Toronto. This conference will deliver information as well as offer a networking opportunity to all participants. The opening keynote speaker will be Scott Millar.

Detailed conference agenda and registration will be available shortly, so hold the date!

February 21, 2013 “Let’s Talk” with the CEO, CMHA Ontario

Bell Let’s Talk Day 2013 was the third successful national conversation raising awareness about the stigma surrounding mental illness, as well as funds to support organizations helping those with mental health challenges. Millions of calls, texts, tweets and Facebook shares by Canadians raised $4,813,313 for mental health programs. Way to go Canada and thanks to Bell for their support!

CMHA Ontario’s CEO, Camille Quenneville was interviewed on CP24 and CTV during Let’s Talk Day 2013. Click here to see the CTV interview as Ms. Quenneville talks about stigma and the burden of mental illness on the individual, our economy and society.