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May 22, 2014 Using mobile technology to serve transitional-aged youth

Studies show that youth text an average of 3,000 times a month and always have their mobile phones on them. In line with this research, LOFT Community Services field staff now use mobile technology to support and be better linked with transitional-aged youth with mental health and/or addiction issues in the downtown Toronto area.

May 22, 2014 New resource available that identifies treatment options for depression

Informed Choices about DepressionMajor depression is one of the most common mental health problems. About one in six Canadians will experience an episode of depression during their lifetime.  To address this issue, there is a new evidence-based resource available that inform individuals about effective treatments for depression. The online resource is called Informed Choices About Depression.

May 22, 2014 New study finds mental illness not usually linked to crime

Jillian Peterson, PhD, conducted a study on 142 offenders with a serious mental illness in the United States who committed 429 crimes. The study looked specifically at three major types of mental illnesses including depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorders and asked participants to provide a criminal history and mental health symptoms for the past 15 years.

May 22, 2014 Improving care for youth with concurrent disorders: A new policy paper

Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health logoThe Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health has launched a new policy paper, Pathways to care for youth with concurrent mental health and substance use disorders.

This paper examines the unique challenges faced by young people experiencing both mental health and addiction issues. It describes current efforts to bridge the gaps in the system and suggests system- and service-level changes that could improve the availability, timeliness, coordination and effectiveness of services across sectors for youth presenting with concurrent disorders.

May 22, 2014 Your chance to influence mental health provincial policies

Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health logoWould you like to see an effective, accessible and coordinated mental health system that makes sense for Ontario children, youth and families? Are you a service provider, leader, researcher, youth or family member who’s ready to put your experience to work at the provincial level? The Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health wants to hear from you!

 

May 16, 2014 CMHA Ontario joins provincial police for launch of new mental health tool

CMHA Ontario has offered its support to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) as the force launched a new mental health screening tool that will help officers assist individuals experiencing a mental health crisis receive suitable care.

May 9, 2014 Building a Common Language: CMHA Ontario starts dialogue about equity and mental health

Equity issues have a significant and often negative impact on the people, communities and health care system of Ontario. Consider that:

  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers.
  • People with mental health issues face discrimination in employment, housing and many other essential and health-promoting areas of life.
  • Northern Ontarians face the highest rates of depression, hospitalization and medication use, but have access to less comprehensive, available and accessible mental health services and supports.

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario is concerned about these and other equity issues impacting the people of this province, and is taking steps to initiate dialogue and action in the mental health system.

May 8, 2014 Mental Health Week 2014: It’s time to talk about mental health

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More than two dozen staff volunteers from CMHA Ontario and CMHA Toronto hit the streets of downtown Toronto to kick off Mental Health Week (MHW) and encourage people to think about the importance of their mental health

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May 8, 2014 Landmark lit green for Mental Health Week

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People in the Greater Toronto Area have been reminded that it is Mental Health Week (May 5-11) 2014 in a very special way.

May 8, 2014 Mental Health Twitter chat highlights importance of positive mental health

twitterchatOn Wednesday, May 7, 2014, CMHA Ontario and Children’s Mental Health Ontario teamed up to host a Twitter discussion on positive mental health for Mental Health Week.