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October 24, 2013 Research Snapshot: Relation between place of residence and postpartum depression

Postpartum depression is known to be a health problem that can have serious consequences for mothers, their children, and the family as a whole. As such, prevention is a high priority. The relation between the place of residence and risk of postpartum depression is not well understood.

October 24, 2013 Research Report Round-up: Best practice recommendations for Canadian harm reduction programs

Evidence shows that effective prevention programs for people who use drugs can reduce transmission of HIV and hepatitis B (HBV), and other harms related to drug use. Harm reduction programs, like needle and syringe programs, lead to fewer people having HIV and less needle and equipment reuse, and are cost effective.

October 24, 2013 The health effects of Conducted Energy Weapons

cewreport_coverConducted Energy Weapons (CEWs) such as Tasers are 2.7 times more likely to be discharged during a mental health emergency than during a criminal arrest, likely placing individuals experiencing mental health issues at greater risk of injury or death compared to the general population, states a report from the Council of Canadian Academies.

October 24, 2013 Campaign to save data on welfare incomes surpasses goal

In the Oct. 10, 2013 issue of Mental Health Notes, we told you about the Caledon Institute of Social Policy’s Data Rescue campaign to raise money to collect information about welfare incomes in Canada. We’re pleased to report the institute has exceeded its goal of raising $20,000.

October 24, 2013 U.S. celebrates 50th anniversary of Community Mental Health Act

Americans are marking the anniversary of a key piece of legislation that drastically changed the way the U.S. health system addressed mental illness. It was 50 years ago – Oct. 31, 1963 –  that President John F. Kennedy signed the Community Mental Health Act. Kennedy’s legislation focused on community-based care for patients experiencing a mental illness as opposed to institutionalization.

October 24, 2013 CBC Toronto launches special mental health programming

offcourse-140CBC Toronto is launching a special week-long series that focuses on university and college students coping with mental health issues. The network is calling the coverage Off Course on Campus: The Student Mental Health Crisis.

October 24, 2013 Free Registration to the 2013 Provincial HSJCC Conference for PWLE

The Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) invites people with lived experience (PWLE) to attend for free the 2013 Provincial HSJCC Conference from November 25-27, 2013 in Toronto.

October 24, 2013 Invitation open to an event to discuss the Health Equity Impact Assessment tool

heia_bannerParticipants are welcome to an upcoming forum to discuss the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) tool.

October 18, 2013 CMHA Ontario submits minimum wage recommendations to Ontario government advisory panel

Minimum wage should be increased incrementally to 10 percent above the poverty line by 2018, states a CMHA Ontario submission to a government appointed panel advising Queen’s Park about future changes to minimum wage.

October 17, 2013 CMHA Ontario presents findings of mental health and diabetes project at national conference

Training mental health peer support workers so that they can help people living with mental illness understand the risk of developing diabetes and learn prevention and self-management strategies is a success story that can be emulated across the country.