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June 14, 2013 Playing a balancing act for newcomer women’s health

How does a community health centre meet the health care needs of racialized women from diverse backgrounds? If you ask Notisha Massaquoi, Executive Director of Women’s Health in Women’s Hands (WHWH), it’s by playing a balancing act. The trick is to have a strong mandate and establish the right partnerships, while also remaining flexible to your clients’ changing needs.

June 14, 2013 New forensic early intervention service announced

A new early intervention service for inmates on remand in Canada will provide help to offenders who are at risk of being unfit to stand trial or who may have a defence of not criminally responsible available to them. The intervention was developed by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in partnership with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, with support provided by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

June 14, 2013 Nova Scotia offers first provincial peer support program for mental illness

The government of Nova Scotia has made an investment of $1 million as part of the anniversary of its inaugural mental health and addictions strategy, and will be the first Canadian province to provide a peer support program for those experiencing mental illness. The peer support program will be led by Healthy Minds Cooperative, and will help people move from hospital back to their communities.

June 14, 2013 Women who drop out of high school more likely to have depressed children

Researchers from McGill University, Montreal have found that children of women who dropped out of high school are two times more likely to experience a major bout of depression in early adulthood than children whose moms’ finished high school.

June 14, 2013 Work stress, lifestyle and coronary artery disease (Europe)

A stressful work environment has been associated with a 25 per cent increased risk of developing heart conditions, however new research shows that a healthy lifestyle outside of work may mitigate its effects.

June 14, 2013 Man Therapy campaign (Australia)

The federal government in Australia has invested in a public awareness campaign aimed at suicide prevention for men. “Man Therapy” introduces humour to the topic of men’s mental health through advertisements on television, radio, print, social media and online.

May 30, 2013 CMHA Ontario welcomes new Director of Communications

Camille Quenneville, CEO of Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario, is very pleased to announce that Joe Kim has joined CMHA Ontario as the Director of Communications. Joe brings vast experience to this job, having most recently managed all communications for the city of Orillia, and from his time at Queen’s Park working for provincial cabinet ministers. A former journalist, Joe will help CMHA Ontario develop consistent communications; assist branches with their local needs; play a key role in the “branding” efforts of the association at all three levels of the organization and ensure Canadian Mental Health Association’s presence in all forms of media – social, electronic and print.

Welcome Joe!

May 30, 2013 CMHA and Partners for Mental Health host national awareness day for workplace mental health

On May 9, Partners for Mental Health and CMHA launched the “Not Myself Today” campaign with the aim of soliciting funds and support for improving mental health in the workplace.

May 30, 2013 CMHA Ontario hosts book launch honouring local mental health champion

Linda Chamberlain, a psychiatric survivor and award-winning mental health champion, has published a book sharing her inspiring journey through illness and homelessness.

May 30, 2013 Research Snapshot: Are financial burdens compromising the social and occupational recovery goals of EIP programs?

One of the goals of early intervention services for psychosis (often called EIP) is to help clients to recover fully. Services can include helping them find and hold a job after they have been diagnosed with a psychotic disorder, facilitating their return to school, or promoting long-term career planning. When people receiving EIP services are not financially secure, they often rely on government disability income. While this income can help them deal with the financial burdens of mental illness, it can also discourage them from seeking or keeping a job and other career development activities.