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October 11, 2016 Ontario reintroduces Patients First Act

The Ontario government reintroduced a bill designed to improve access and coordination challenges of the provincial health care system.

October 11, 2016 World Mental Health Day encourages psychological support

wmhd-web-bannerOn Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, CMHA Ontario joined international mental health organizations to celebrate World Mental Health Day.

October 6, 2016 Starbucks sets standard for employee mental health

CMHA Ontario and Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO) congratulate Starbucks Canada for the company’s latest initiative to support the mental health needs of its employees. Starbucks is substantially augmenting its mental health benefits to its employees as of Oct. 1.

October 3, 2016 Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 2-8) encourages Canadians to fight stigma

CMHA Ontario invites community members to share the realities of living with mental health issues during Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), the first full week of October.

September 30, 2016 CMHA Ontario awards recognize media heroes

A radio host dedicated to promoting wellness among his listeners and an organization that has provided pro-bono services to spread news about the positive work of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) have been honoured with this year’s CMHA Ontario media awards.

September 30, 2016 Passion, teamwork and success – lessons from the edge

drdaveCanadian astronaut and physician Dr. Dave Williams knows working collaboratively while in outer space is essential.

September 30, 2016 E-QIP names coaches, available to help

eqipThe first round of coaches have been named to the Excellence through Quality Improvement Project (E-QIP), giving the partnership the ability to offer tailored support to those community mental health and addictions agencies looking to enhance Quality Improvement (QI) initiatives.

September 30, 2016 Researcher shares promise and perils of tech for mental health care

dr-forchukDr.Cheryl Forchuk, Associate Director of Nursing Research at the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, closed the CMHA Ontario pre-conference by urging delegates to examine the expanding role of technology in mental health care.

September 29, 2016 National workplace standard on psychological health and safety reaches global audience

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) recently brought the message of promoting mental wellness in the workplace to a global audience at the Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) High Level Meeting on Health and the Economy. More than 100 delegates from 21 APEC economies heard about the compelling results of the MHCC’s Case Study Research Project, which is following 40 Canadian organizations as they implement the world’s first National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace 

September 29, 2016 Ontario increasing social assistance rates and minimum wage

Ontario announced this week that it will be increasing financial assistance rates for Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and Ontario Works. This is welcome news for people with lived experience of mental illnesses in the province, who constitute nearly 50% of ODSP recipients.