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Discussion on advancing government accountability for mentally ill people in Ontario provincial jails

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This panel from the TVO Agenda https://www.tvo.org/theagenda made me sit up as the content wove one of the more informed and whole picture discussions of the relevance to take action and address mental illness in the broader community and increasingly in the prisons of Ontario. Steve Paikin interviews: Yusuf Faqiri, founder of Justice for Soli and brother of the late Soleiman Faqiri; Glenda O’Hara, patient of the forensic system and chair of the Client Advisory Council at The Royal Ottawa...Read More...

Join the Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) Community of Interest Working Group

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What is the opportunity? We are looking for people with lived/living experience of mental health concerns (and their family members and/or identified caregivers) who have some familiarity with Ontario Common Assessment of Need ( OCAN) to join our working group. This working group includes clinical service providers, program managers, system administrators and people who have lived/living experience, family and/or caregivers. If you are interested in participating in this working group,...Read More...

EENet Connect is moving to an updated platform on June 13!

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EENet Connect is moving to an updated platform on June 13. The updated platform offers greater security and will offer improved functionality over time. What do you need to do? After June 13, you will need to re-register on our updated and improved site. But don’t worry! We will help you each step of the way. For now, we’re letting you know that this shift is coming soon ! As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the EENet Connect Administrator at...Read More...

Online focus group survey of peer support approaches for bipolar disorder: Participant and facilitator perspectives

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Hope and Me - Mood Disorders Association of Ontario is collaborating with our partner organization CREST.BD on a study to learn more about the experiences of participating or facilitating peer support groups for those with bipolar disorder. Participation in this study involves completing an online questionnaire (~20mins) and attending a focus group interview online on Zoom (~90mins). At this focus group interview, you will be asked to share your experiences from facilitating or attending...Read More...

Mental Health Week 2024 - Save 30%

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Today marks the start of Mental Health Week 2024 in Canada, led by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)! This year’s theme is all about compassion – the practice of meeting suffering, whether our own or the suffering of others, with kindness. Giving and receiving compassion and practicing self-compassion can significantly improve mental health. In recognition of Mental Health Week, SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health Learning Institute (SickKids CCMH LI) is pleased to offer...Read More...

Using AI Safely - Speaker?

· in Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) · 2 replies RM RM
I'm hoping folks can help me track down a speaker! I'm looking for an organization or even researcher who focuses on the usage of AI (artificial intelligence). I work as a Gambling and Gaming Specialist (which includes internet safety), and we've had multiple requests for workshops and/or presentations that can help educate folks about the safe usage of AI. Does anyone know of any organizations or individual researchers who might be able to facilitate on this topic? Thanks for your help!Read More...

Complete the Training Needs Assessment Survey : Digital Mental Health/eMental Health

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CAMH-Education invites your input in the design and development of continuing professional development (CPD) training events and resources specific to digital mental health/e-Mental Health. This survey is part of a needs assessment designed to help us better understand workforce development needs. Your time in completing this 5-question survey is greatly appreciated. You may access the survey with this weblink: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DMH2024 Please share this survey with your networkRead More...

Training Needs Assessment Survey (5-question): Digital Mental Health/eMental Health

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CAMH-Education invites your input in the design and development of continuing professional development (CPD) training events and resources specific to digital mental health/e-Mental Health. This survey is part of a needs assessment designed to help us better understand workforce development needs. Your time in completing this 5-question survey is greatly appreciated. You may access the survey with this weblink: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DMH2024 Please share this survey with your networkRead More...

Consultation: Integrated Youth Services and Upstream Approaches to Youth Mental Health and Substance Use

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Background Our team at the The Royal Ottawa Hospital are looking to support coordination between upstream initiatives and IYS across Canada. To make sure it works, we need to learn from you and your expertise! We need your questions and recommendations about collaborations between IYS and upstream initiatives to inform an upcoming needs assessment. We are specifically looking to learn from IYS staff who are also young people (e.g., peer supporters, youth engagement team, management,...Read More...

Job Opportunity: Provincial Lead, Clinical Assessment Education

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Ontario Health has posted a permanent full-time position as a Lead in Clinical Assessment Education . Candidates across Ontario with experience in the Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) and/or the interRAI Child and Youth Mental Health (ChYMH) assessments are welcome to apply for this role. Here are the details: Ontario Health Career OpportunityRead More...

CMHA Ontario’s new resources for coping with grief and loss

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CMHA Ontario has launched a new website offering free downloadable resources with strategies to deal with grief. Available at cmhabereavement.ca, the handouts include tips on coping with different kinds of loss, including grieving after suicide, grief from overdose death, grief connected to MAiD, and grief due to relationship changes. Developed in collaboration with the CMHA Windsor-Essex Branch, this resource also offers a clinician portal to provide CMHA Branches access to additional...Read More...

Creator of Housing First Model – Sam Tsemberis – on the Time list of Most Influential People of 2024

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The creator of the Housing First Model, Sam Tsemberis, has been named as one of Time's 100 Most Influential People of 2024. “In 1992, when Sam Tsemberis founded Pathways to Housing in New York City, people sleeping on the streets and experiencing intense traumas—such as deep poverty, domestic violence, or mental-health conditions—had to prove they were worthy of a roof over their heads before getting help. Sam threw that notion out the window. He listened to people experiencing homelessness,...Read More...

Campus Mental Health Virtual Conference: Call for Abstracts

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The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH) invites you to submit an abstract for the 2024 Virtual Conference! We’re seeking abstracts from stakeholders in post-secondary mental health who can share ideas and offer innovative solutions to campus mental health problems. We are continuing with our theme from last year, “Dialogue to Action” with the addition of “The work continues” since we continue to work towards improving capacities on Ontario campuses in supporting student...Read More...

Call for Research Participants: Family members/close supports of people who use opioids

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Are you a family member or close support of someone who used opioids during the COVID-19 pandemic? Are you interested in participating in research? You may be eligible to share your thoughts about how pandemic public health measures impacted people who use opioids! For more information and contact details, please see the attached flyer.Read More...

Basic Income Conference – Ottawa May 23-26, 2024

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The ideal and ongoing efforts to move government policy towards the principles of Basic Income to address poverty and the social determinants of health will be refocusing here in Ottawa on how to further advance, what many of us believe would be a significant shift with its focus on a whole population approach.Read More...

Endorsements Open and Encouraged: Supervised Consumption Services

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Overwhelming demand - a nice problem to have - has led the Drug Strategy Network of Ontario in collaboration with Canadian Drug Policy Coalition and so many others to re-open the opportunity to endorse the letter urging provincial action. Timmins and Sudbury are among existing sites winding down this week. Other communities have been stalled at the provincial level for years. Deaths and injuries are guaranteed in the absence of movement from the province. Guaranteed- that's not hyperbole in...Read More...

A free online tool on money management

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As health care professionals providing care to vulnerable Canadians, you know that income is social determinant of health.      Prosper Canada is a national charity dedicated to expanding economic opportunity for Canadians living in poverty through program and policy innovation. Part of our work consists of creating and disseminating tailored financial curriculum and content.     Here is what we have to offer:      A free online tool called Making the most of your money .   Are you...Read More...

Research snapshot: Genetic variant linked to poor effectiveness of methadone treatment

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Methadone and buprenorphine/naloxone are effective opioid agonist therapies (OAT) for opioid use disorder. But some people don’t achieve the outcomes they hope for. Genetic factors are known to influence a person’s risk of developing opioid use disorder, but there is little research on whether they might influence the likelihood that OAT will be effective. Researchers investigated whether certain gene variants are associated with treatment outcomes in people receiving methadone or...Read More...

Webinar recording: Gambling incentives and loneliness in older adults

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About the webinar The experience of problem gambling is unique to different groups. Older adults, in particular, frequently engage in gambling as a leisure activity. However, this may increase their risk of developing problem gambling. Various factors play a role in making older adults particularly vulnerable to problem gambling. In this March 14th webinar, we explored how factors such as loneliness and gambling incentives can facilitate problem gambling amongst older adults. A researcher...Read More...

Challenging Structural Substance Use Workshop Package

· in Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) · 2 replies RM RM
Here is an excellent stigma-reduction resource developed by Canadian Public Health Association and CAPSA . New Challenging Structural Substance Use Workshop Package The Canadian Public Health Association's Normalizing Conversations project is proud to be launching a turnkey workshop package on “Challenging Structural Substance Use Stigma ”, developed in partnership with CAPSA, a national organization of professionals with lived and living experience (PWLLE) of substance use, leading the...Read More...

"New" high-potency synthetic nitazene opioids circulating in Toronto's unregulated opioid supply

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This week (March 18), Toronto’s Drug Checking Service released two alerts regarding high-potency synthetic nitazene opioids circulating in the city's unregulated opioid supply. The following information is summarized from their website: Alert 1: Two new nitazene opioids identified and circulating N-desethyl etonitazene ( considered to be up to 10 times stronger than fentanyl) and Protonitazepyne, also known as N-pyrrolidino protonitazene ( considered to be more than 20 times stronger than...Read More...

"What new ethical quandaries are produced through the normalization of mental health service user inclusion as a best practice?"

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The above question comes from Jiijan Voronka and Lucy Costa's introduction to the Journal of Ethics in Mental Health (JEMH) , special theme issue VI: Disordering Social Inclusion: Ethics, Critiques, Collaborations, Futurities. Its a call for us all to reflect on efforts to include "client voice" in the advancement of mental health care. For myself, I've been wondering how the "co-production" is going in organizations and the broader mental health system. If you are looking to push yourself...Read More...

National Social Work Month & Social Work Week in Ontario - Save 20%

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March is National Social Work Month and it's also Social Work Week in Ontario! To encourage professional development for social workers, psychotherapists, counsellors, and beyond, SickKids CCMH Learning Institute is pleased to offer a 20% discount on select programs. Use the 20% discount code NSWM20 from March 6 to 15, 2024 towards the eligible programs below! Learn more in our latest newsletter:...Read More...

Experiences with Suicide: African, Caribbean, and Black Communities in Canada

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The Mental Health Commission of Canada is launching a new resource highlighting the experiences of African, Caribbean and Black communities with suicide in Canada to commemorate Black Mental Health Day. To improve our understanding of the experiences of African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) communities with suicide, this resource was co-created by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and a diverse group of people from ACB communities with lived and living experience (PWLLE) with suicide. This...Read More...

Qu'est-ce qu'une machine à griffes

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Les machines à griffes sont populaires auprès des jeunes. Ces jeux demandent aux joueurs d'insérer de l'argent ou des jetons afin d'utiliser un dispositif ressemblant à un bras pour attraper un animal en peluche, un jouet ou un autre prix. On les trouve dans de nombreux endroits, tels que les cinémas, les centres commerciaux et les salles d'arcade. Il existe de nombreux types de machines à griffes. Celles de type « jouer pour gagner » offrent un nombre illimité de tentatives jusqu'à ce que...Read More...

What is a claw machine?

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What is a claw machine? Claw machines, also known as crane games, are popular among youth. These games require players to insert money or tokens to use an arm-like device to grab a stuffed animal, toy, or another prize. They are found in many places, such as cinemas, malls, and arcades. There are many types of claw machines. Play-to-win ones provide an unlimited number of attempts until you win. Single-play machines give you only one chance to grab the prize. These games can be programmed to...Read More...

Experience Exchange: Hospital-based supervised consumption services at Health Sciences North with Adele Bodson

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Adele Bodson is the Interim Quality and Education Lead for Addiction Services at Health Sciences North (HSN) in Sudbury, Ontario. As of May 2023, HSN has been putting together an application for a supervised consumption site. Adele discusses her experience and reflections on the implementation process so far, to help mobilize knowledge through the Hospital-Based Supervised Consumption Services Community of Practice . READ HERE .Read More...

Experience Exchange: Hospital-based supervised consumption services at St. Paul’s Hospital with Liz Dogherty

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Elizabeth (Liz) Dogherty is the Clinical Nurse Specialist for Substance Use in the Urban Health Program at Providence Health Care, in Vancouver, B.C.. St. Paul’s Hospital opened an overdose prevention site (OPS) in 2021 in response to the public health emergency. Liz discusses her experience and reflections on the implementation process, to help mobilize knowledge through the Hospital-Based Supervised Consumption Services Community of Practice . READ HERE .Read More...

Experience Exchange: Hospital-based supervised consumption service at Casey House with Casey Schapel

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Casey Schapel is the harm reduction lead for Casey House , a specialty hospital in Toronto, Ontario, that provides ground-breaking care to people living with and at risk of HIV. Casey discusses his experience in implementing supervised consumption services at Casey House, to help mobilize knowledge through the Hospital-based Supervised Consumption Services Community of Practice . READ HERE .Read More...

Webinar recording: OCAN refresher training: 3-hour interactive webinar for OCAN trainers and/or staff completing OCANs

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Engaging in refresher training is key to ensuring the completion of quality OCANs to support client care. Join this webinar to participate in some of the interactive OCAN refresher training activities developed by Ontario Health. Are you an OCAN trainer? This is an opportunity to learn how to lead these activities for staff in your organization. Are you an agency staff using OCAN with clients? This is an opportunity to complete some refresher training activities developed by Ontario Health.Read More...

Webinar recording: Exercise and heart health in youth with bipolar disorder

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About the webinar Bipolar disorder is associated with premature and excessive cardiovascular disease. Emerging evidence suggests that heart health is related to mood symptoms and other psychiatric outcomes and that these associations are likely brain-based. Despite well-established links between heart and brain health in adults, there is limited research about these links, specifically in youth with bipolar disorder. This webinar reviews recent studies published by our group that help...Read More...

Webinar recording: Addressing Opioid Stigma in Pharmacies – Strategies for Pharmacy Professionals

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About the webinar On February 16, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) held a webinar event to promote the release of the 'Addressing Opioid Stigma in Pharmacies – Strategies for Pharmacy Professionals’ toolkit that provides valuable insights and resources for frontline pharmacy professionals to support people taking opioids to mitigate the negative impacts of stigma. The toolkit describes strategies for reducing stigma around opioids and the people who use them, including those...Read More...

Webinar recording: Using OCAN content to support quality care: 2-hour interactive webinar for OCAN trainers and/or managers-directors

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Staff are putting time and effort into completing OCANs with their clients. Is your organization using the information collected in OCAN effectively? Studies have shown that client outcomes improve when providers focus on the needs identified in OCAN. This webinar shows you how to use OCAN content to support individual client recovery and improve service quality. Hear what other organizations are doing and strategies, challenges and lessons learned. Originally live-streamed on February 8,...Read More...

Podcast: Chronic homelessness and Housing First with Tim Aubry

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The Housing First approach starts with providing homes to chronically unhoused people, but it doesn’t stop there — and that’s what makes it so effective. In this podcast by the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, Dr. Tim Aubry shares findings from a major Housing First study and the keys to a successful program. About Dr. Tim Aubry Dr. Tim Aubry is a Full Professor in the School of Psychology and Senior Researcher at the Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services at...Read More...

The Evolution of Housing First: Perspectives of Experts from the United States, Canada, and Europe

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Housing First is a housing intervention for people with serious mental illness who have experienced long-term homelessness. This approach is backed by decades worth research in the United States, Canada, and Europe. It has been identified as a preferred housing intervention in national, state, or provincial housing policy in the United States and Canada, and increasingly across Europe as well. This paper examines factors affecting the evolution and growth of Housing First from the...Read More...

JUST LAUNCHED: Canadian Clinical Guidelines on Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults

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The Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health just launched first-of-their-kind national clinical guidelines on social isolation and loneliness in older adults . In Canada, older adults are facing growing rates of social isolation and loneliness. Almost 25% of people 65 years and older reported they would like to have participated in more social activities in the past year, 19% felt a lack of companionship, while 30% were considered at risk of social isolation (Angus Reid, 2019; National...Read More...

NOW AVAILABLE: Canadian Clinical Guidelines on Anxiety in Older Adults

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The Canadian Coalition on Seniors' Mental Health recently released first-of-their-kind national clinical guidelines on anxiety in older adults . Anxiety disorders represent the most common mental health problem across the lifespan, including in late life. Every year, 18% of older Canadians experience symptoms of anxiety or depression that they find difficult to cope with, and 6% of older Canadians have a diagnosed anxiety disorder, with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and phobias being...Read More...

Cannabis and Mental Health - Introduction Workshops

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Learn how to use our Cannabis and Mental Health resources with your community, including an online course created by Youth for Youth and the accompanying mentor guide with activities for educators, peer support, youth workers, parents, and youth allies. Details: Monday, March 4, 2024 - 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM EST | Virtual Friday, March 15, 2024 - 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM EST | Virtual Tuesday, March 19, 2024 - 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM EST | Virtual Thursday, March 28, 2024 - 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM EST | Virtual...Read More...

New toolkit equips physicians to support mental health in adults with intellectual disability

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Nearly 1 in 2 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities experience a mental health issue in their life. Often family physicians or primary care providers are the entry points to accessing specialized care and support. However, most family physicians or clinicians are not specifically trained to serve individuals with IDD. A new online mental health toolkit, developed by the Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Program at Surrey Place, complements the Canadian guidelines on...Read More...

Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines for Psychosis

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The Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines for Psychosis (LRCUG-PSYCH) are evidence-based recommendations for reducing psychosis-related risks when using cannabis. The guidelines aim to empower individuals to understand the potential risks related to their cannabis use and to make choices about their consumption to help reduce their individual risk of psychotic outcomes. The LRCUG-PSYCH were developed by a team of international health and addiction experts and are based on a comprehensive review...Read More...

NEW: Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines for Psychosis

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The Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines for Psychosis (LRCUG-PSYCH) are evidence-based recommendations for reducing psychosis-related risks when using cannabis. The guidelines aim to empower individuals to understand the potential risks related to their cannabis use and to make choices about their consumption to help reduce their individual risk of psychotic outcomes. The LRCUG-PSYCH were developed by a team of international health and addiction experts and are based on a comprehensive review...Read More...
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