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CMHA Ontario in the News

March 27, 2014 CMHA Ontario CEO weighs in on patients’ treatment in hospital

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.

February 27, 2014 CMHA addresses need for mental health and safety training in the workplace

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.

February 13, 2014 Jury issues recommendations in triple-shooting inquest; CMHA Ontario offers its opinion

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.

January 30, 2014 Bell Let's Talk raises more than $5 million

logo_letstalk_enCMHA 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.

January 10, 2014 CMHA offers opinion about operational stress injuries and mental illnesses in the police force

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.

December 20, 2013 CMHA Ontario CEO responds to police interactions with individuals living with mental illnesses

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.

 

December 4, 2013 CMHA voices concerns about disclosure of mental health police records

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.

September 26, 2013 CMHA Ontario voices concerns about StatsCan mental health data on local, national media

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.

August 22, 2013 Workplace mental health should be municipal priority: CMHA Ontario CEO

Ottawa Citizen Opinion-EditorialCMHA Ontario CEO Camille Quenneville is calling on municipalities to prioritize workplace mental health.

February 21, 2013 “Let’s Talk” with the CEO, CMHA Ontario

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.