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December 16, 2015 Government announces three mental health and addictions initiatives

The Ontario government announced three proposals on Dec. 16, 2015 which aim to improve supports for individuals with mental health and addictions challenges.

December 16, 2015 Province investing in housing with supports for individuals with mental health and addictions challenges

Ontario announced new investments in housing today, promising $16.2 million for 1,000 supporting housing units across the province, including $4 million for 248 supportive housing units in 2016-17.

December 16, 2015 Advisory Council identifies areas to improve Ontario mental health and addictions network

MHA Annual Report 2015 coverThe Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council has outlined five priority areas in an attempt to begin overhauling the system-level transformation of mental health and addictions in Ontario.

December 16, 2015 Report highlights gaps in Ontario’s mental health and addictions system

TakingStock coverA new report identifies gaps that are hindering the effectiveness of Ontario’s mental health and addictions system. Taking Stock: A Report on the Quality of Mental Health and Addictions Services in Ontario, examines the current quality of care and services Ontarians are receiving for mental illnesses and addictions. The report was developed by a joint multi-disciplinary team from Health Quality Ontario (HQO) and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES).

December 11, 2015 Bounce back program launched by CMHA York and South Simcoe

Bounce Back from low mood, stress, anxiety with free, clinically-proven mental health program

bounceback web bannerJust in time for the holidays, the Canadian Mental Health Association is launching Ontario’s first free, clinically-proven, self-guided mental health program designed to help adults rebound from low mood and mild to moderate stress or anxiety.

December 11, 2015 NOJHL, CMHA branches launch Talk Today partnership; suicide-awareness, mental health training coming for 300 players

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The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) and four local branches of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) are pleased to announce their partnership in Talk Today, one of the most comprehensive mental health education programs for amateur sports in Canada. Talk Today, is aimed at helping the 300 players in the NOJHL, as well as the individuals that support them, to identify mental health issues and address suicide.

December 11, 2015 Talk Today begins in Kenora high school

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Talk Today pilot provides mental health, suicide prevention training for student athletes at Kenora Catholic District School Board

Kenora Talk TodayThe Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Kenora Branch and Kenora Catholic District School Board (KCDSB) have joined forces on a pilot project to provide 75 high school student athletes with suicide prevention and mental health awareness training. The first initiative of its kind in Ontario, the project aims to create an open and non-judgmental environment where student athletes who may be struggling with mental health issues feel comfortable and confident seeking help.

December 11, 2015 Personal information to be limited as police checks act passed

In an effort to “protect public safety and strengthen individual civil liberties,” the Ontario government, with unanimous support from all parties, passed the Police Record Checks Reform Act on Dec. 1.

December 11, 2015 CMHA Ontario speaks out about discrimination

CMHA Ontario emphasized its stance on mental health accommodation and accessibility during an interview for a CBC story, which aired Dec. 7.

December 11, 2015 Advocates and athletes celebrate the launch of Enabling Minds

BetterServe_002In recognition of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, on Dec. 3 community speakers with lived experience and mental health accessibility advocates gathered to celebrate the launch of CMHA Ontario’s enablingminds.ca mental health accessibility website.