The National Institute of Health Research in England is funding a 21-month project to examine the best way to introduce peer workers in the Mental Health National Health Service (NHS) Trust. The project emerged from recommendations outlined in the new UK mental health strategy. The research will consist of twelve case studies throughout England, a review of existing literature on the subject, and interviews with relevant stakeholders. The data collected will be used to develop guidance on recruiting, training and supporting peer workers in the NHS Trusts. For more information about the project, visit www.nmhdu.org.uk. For more information about the new UK mental health strategy, see “UK Releases New Mental Health Strategy,” Mental Health Notes, February 10, 2011, available at www.ontario.cmha.ca/mhn.
The Rural Housing Network of Ontario (RHINO) has changed its name to the Ontario Rural Housing Action Network (ORHAN). The Ontario Rural Housing Action Network is a virtual network of housing agencies and concerned citizens who advocate for availability of affordable, safe and secure rural housing in Ontario. In changing their name, ORHAN is renewing its commitment to fight for the unique needs of those requiring rural housing, and securing its place in Ontario’s affordable housing strategy. For more information, visit the ORHAN website at www.orhan.ca.
The deadline for completing the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s (OHRC’s) anonymous survey on mental health discrimination is February 28. The purpose of the survey is to learn more about individuals with mental health and addiction disabilities and the human rights issues and barriers they face. The survey is part of a broader consultation process on human rights and mental health and addictions-related issues. The OHRC plans to use the information collected to identify key issues for developing policies and for future work in the area of mental health and addictions. The survey for people with mental health conditions or addictions is available at www.surveymonkey.com/s/OHRCmentalhealthsurvey. The survey for people advocating for people with mental health conditions or addictions is available at www.surveymonkey.com/s/OHRCmentalhealthsurvey2. For more information, visit www.ohrc.on.ca.
Psychosocial Rehabilitation Canada (PSR/RPS Canada) has extended the date to submit abstracts to present at its 2011 conference, Enhancing Recovery: Family, Culture and Community, to take place September 26-29, 2011 in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The planning committee will continue to accept proposals until March 1, 2011 for interactive presentations from individuals/families, programs and agencies (including clubhouse, social enterprise and First Nations communities). To submit an abstract, visit www.psrrpscanada.ca. For more information, contact Sherry Sim, event coordinator, by phone at 1-866-655-8548 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health has released a special supplement issue focused on the Systems Enhancement Evaluation Initiative (SEEI). SEEI evaluated the impact of a $167 million investment made by Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) towards community mental health services in the province. Mental Health Notes continues to explore the articles from the special issue, today looking at studies involving continuity of care in court support programs and early intervention programs for psychosis.
For the past year, the Mental Health Police Records Check Coalition (PRCC) has been working with the Ontario Human Rights Commission and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Law Enforcement and Records Management Network (LEARN) to support the development of a draft police records check guideline for the province. To share information about the draft guide, PRCC is hosting a meeting on February 25 in Toronto. A representative from LEARN will be present at the meeting to provide an overview of the draft guideline. As seating is limited, please RSVP your attendance to Ryan Fritsch by e-mail at Ryan.Fritsch@ontario.ca. For more information about PRCC, visit www.myhealthismybusiness.ca and www.ppao.gov.on.ca.
The Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health has released a special supplement issue focused on the Systems Enhancement Evaluation Initiative (SEEI). SEEI evaluated the impact of a $167 million investment made by Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care towards community mental health services in the province. Mental Health Notescontinues to explore the articles from the special issue, today looking at studies involving police and crisis services.
The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario (MDAO) wants input to inform the creation of a new website called Mental Health M.A.P. (short for My Action Plan). The website will support people with depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder in their recovery. Individuals can participate in an online survey, with all comments being held in strict confidence. To show their appreciation, MDAO will randomly draw five e-mail addresses to win an autographed copy of the book Dancing in the Rain: 25 Stories of Hope, Healing and Recovery. To be eligible for the draw, complete the survey by February 11, 2011. To participate in the survey, visit www.themindsuite.com/online. You will be asked for a survey code (enter “MDAO”) and password (enter your e-mail address or “MDAO”; if you use your e-mail address, you will be able to return to complete the survey at a later time).
The Accessibility Directorate of Ontario has launched a series of online videos to share Ontario’s accessibility success stories. The videos, available through a free YouTube channel, all feature original content about accessibility from across the province and in a range of settings. Viewers are encouraged to participate by leaving comments and linking to their own success videos. It is also possible to embed the website’s content on other websites. The channel will also feature monthly themes and accessibility news. To view the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario YouTube channel, visit www.youtube.com/accessontario.
John Howard Society of Ontario has released a new fact sheet, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and the Criminal Justice System: A Poor Fit. The fact sheet provides an overview of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), and shares statistics and key issues relating to individuals with FASD who come into contact with the justice system. Tips for assisting individuals with FASD are also highlighted. To access the fact sheet, visit www.johnhoward.on.ca.