OPDI News & Events

OPDI NewsToGo Issue #343 – April 26, 2013
Highlights Include:

Peer Support in Mental Health and Addictions Webinar; Ontario Investments in Homecare and Community Care; Provincial Election Watch; “Raise the Rates” Op-Ed by John Stapleton; LGBT Mental Health Resource; TVO Panel on “Helping Hidden Lives”; News; and More.

Editor’s Note: Please be aware that many online newspaper sites are now behind pay-walls. Not all articles with hyperlinks may be accessible due to circumstances beyond our control; we apologize for the inconvenience.




      1.  Peer Support in Mental Health and Addictions Webinar


      Addictions Ontario, the Ontario Federation of Community Mental Health and Addiction Programs, the Self Help Alliance and Evidence Exchange Network are presenting a webinar to discuss key themes from the Peer Support in Addictions and Mental Health Symposium, held in March in Toronto.


      Presenters Janis Cramp, Jerry Mings, and Allan Strong will discuss:


      Training needs for peer supporters; challenges in delivering peer support; opportunities and future directions.


      Webinar date:  Wednesday, May 15, 2013

      Time:  1 – 2 pm EDT

      Click here to see the event flyer.

      Register now: Click here. (SPACE IS LIMITED)


      The event will be recorded and posted to the EENet website.



      2.  Ontario Invests in Homecare and Community Care


      The province announced plans to spend $260 million this year to provide quicker home care and to have more services in the community. We have a press release and a media mention:


      Ontario Proposes Investments in Home and Community Care


      Wynne Promises to Shorten Wait for Home Care



      3.  OxyContin as a Gateway Drug for Heroin


      What happens if you are addicted to prescription opioids (OxyContin) and find that it’s not available or in tamper-proof formulations?


      Heroin Crackdown


      The Canadian Medical Association Journal also weighs in on the recent Health Canada decision to allow generic OxyContin:


      Health Canada Decision Called into Question



      4.  Tasers in the ER Department (update)


      In a follow-up story to the incident involving a patient tasered in a Hamilton-area hospital, it is suggested that a locked seclusion room in the ER is not a best practice in mental health:


      Avoiding Patient Seclusion



      5.  Provincial Election Watch (update)


      In the latest provincial poll, the Progressive Conservatives have a considerable lead over the Liberals and the NDP.  The provincial budget will be introduced May 2, as announced by Finance Minister Charles Souza:


      Liberals Trail Behind Conservatives in Poll


      Finance Minister’s Speech to Economic Club of Canada



      6.  “Raise the Rates”


      In this Toronto Star Op-Ed article, John Stapleton makes the case for government action:


      Time to End the Erosion of Public Assistance in Ontario



      7.  Raising Awareness of Social Housing in Ontario


      The Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association has an effective website using animation, facts, and the use of social media to make the case for affordable housing.  You can check it out at:


      Housing Opens Doors





      8.  Resources for LGBT Mental Health


      Healthy Place calls itself the largest (American) consumer mental health site.  They’ve re-launched their very extensive gender and mental health section:


      Healthy Place – Mental Health and Gender



      9.  In-Depth Look at the Chronic Users of Mental Health Services


      TV Ontario explores this topic with a panel of experts:


      Helping Hidden Lives



      10.Research Impact Snapshot – Youth Mental Health


      The research summary shows that mental health service providers must understand the preferences of young adults for greater awareness, informal help, and empowerment in designing initiatives to reach out to these potential clients:


      Youth Mental Health Preferences


      11.A Rationale for Eating Dark Chocolate

      A peer-reviewed journal article discloses that eating dark chocolate improves participants’ moods.  Next steps for the intrepid scientists:  researching whether this substance also improves anxiety or depression:

      Why Dark Chocolate is Good for You




      12.Enabling Minds Survey and Forums


      We have enclosed two invitations for consumers and service providers to attend in person forums regarding accessibility to physical activity for those with lived experience of mental health issues.  There’s also the opportunity to reply to an online survey.  Please participate in the survey and distribute it as widely as possible through your networks. The link below will take you directly to the project website. The survey can be accessed from the front page:


      Enabling Minds Consumer Forum

    2. Enabling Minds Service Provider Forum


    3. 13.MDAO Maternity Leave Position (Toronto)

      Please see the attached posting for a Coordinator, Family and Youth Services.


      14.Peer Support Worker Position (Regeneration Community Services) in Toronto


      The half-time job posting can be found at:


      Peer Support Worker (Regeneration Community Services)



      15.CMHA Ontario Policy and Planning Analyst Position (Toronto)


      This full-time job can be found at:


      CMHA Ontario Policy and Planning Analyst




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