CMHA Ontario in the News
Several individuals experiencing mental health issues had no choice but to sleep on the floor at a London, Ontario hospital while patients with physical illness were admitted into rooms with beds before them, according to an article in the London Free Press.
Employers need to focus on mental health in the workplace just like they would do physical health, states a recent article authored by Kathy Jurgens, National Program Manager for Mental Health Works – a Canada-wide program based at CMHA Ontario.
The jury in an Ontario coroner’s inquest into the deaths of Reyal Jardine-Douglas, Sylvia Klibingaitis and Michael Eligon, three mentally ill Toronto residents fatally shot by police, has released dozens of recommendations to help prevent similar tragedies in the future.
CMHA Ontario and branches throughout the province were pleased to do their part in fighting stigma and raising awareness about mental health in the fourth annual Bell Let’s Talk Day. In all, the initiative raised $5,472,585, generating an more than an astonishing 109 million text messages, mobile and long distance calls, Tweets and Facebook shares.
Kathy Jurgens, National Program Manager for Mental Health Works – a Canada-wide program based at CMHA Ontario – was recently quoted about the mental health challenges that officers face in their line of work.
The public wants better outcomes when it comes to police handling situations involving those with mental health issues, CMHA Ontario CEO Camille Quenneville told the Canadian Press.
In November 2013, Toronto resident Ellen Richardson was denied entry to the United States by U.S. Customs and Border Protection because she had been hospitalized for clinical depression in 2012. This story significantly raised the issue of the disclosure of mental health police records and whether this information should be released and shared in the same manner as a criminal record.
With the release of new mental health data from Statistics Canada, the Canadian Mental Health Association shared its reaction to the news with a number of media outlets.
CMHA Ontario CEO Camille Quenneville is calling on municipalities to prioritize workplace mental health.
Bell Let’s Talk Day 2013 was the third successful national conversation raising awareness about the stigma surrounding mental illness, as well as funds to support organizations helping those with mental health challenges. Millions of calls, texts, tweets and Facebook shares by Canadians raised $4,813,313 for mental health programs. Way to go Canada and thanks to Bell for their support!
CMHA Ontario’s CEO, Camille Quenneville was interviewed on CP24 and CTV during Let’s Talk Day 2013. Click here to see the CTV interview as Ms. Quenneville talks about stigma and the burden of mental illness on the individual, our economy and society.