OPDI News & Events

OPDI NewsToGo Issue #347 – May 24, 2013

Highlights include: OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials in London; Quietapine Recall; Babies on Antipsychotics; Peer Support and Recovery Best Practices Event in Halton Region; the Suicide Contagion; DSM-5 Launches; CMHA National Conference Call for Submissions; New; and More.

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      1.  OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials (TM) Program Training (London)


      The OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials (TM) Program will be offered in London June 12, 13, 19, 21 and 26.  The deadline for registration is May 31, 2013.  Please refer to this link for more details:


      OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials (TM) Program Training (London)<http://opdi.org/events.php>



      2.  Ontario Budget 2013 (updated)


      By making a trip to Windsor, the Office of the Premier took the opportunity to stress recent changes to social assistance in its budget, which seems now likely to pass:


      Transforming Social Assistance<http://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2013/5/transforming-social-assistance.html>



      3.  Quetiapine (Generic Version of Seroquel) Recall


      Three generic versions of the antipsychotic Quietapine (prescribed for bipolar, schizophrenia, and anxiety diagnoses) were recalled by Health Canada due to contamination (they were made by the same Chinese manufacturer).  For more information, please refer to this alert:


      Health Canada Recall<http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2013/29291a-eng.php>



      4.  OHRC Monitoring Methadone Clinic Zoning


      The Ontario Human Rights Commission issues a warning against unusually discriminatory conditions (specifically fences) put forward for a proposed methadone clinic in London:


      OHRC and London Zoning Bylaw<http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/news_centre/letter-city-london-zoning-law-amendment-number-z-8063-methadone-clinic>



      5.  Infants Being Prescribed Antipsychotics and the Consequences


      We have two perspectives of two physicians, who are not psychiatrists, on the alarming trend of prescribing antipsychotics to children as young as two years of age:


      Experts Urge Tighter Controls on Psych Drugs<http://www.thestarphoenix.com/health/Experts+urge+tighter+controls+psych+drugs/8422522/story.html>


      What Happens When You Give a Baby Drugs?<http://o.canada.com/2013/05/19/psychiatry2/>



      6.  The “Suicide Contagion” Phenomenon


      Studies indicate classmates of someone who committed suicide are at greater risk of mimicking the same behaviour.  What can be done about it?:

      Suicide Contagion and Prevention<http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2013/05/22/f-suicide-contagion-prevention.html>



      7.  The Debate on DSM-5 (update)


      This is one of the more balanced stories written in the wake of the release of DSM-5:


      Crisis of Confidence in Psychiatry<http://o.canada.com/2013/05/17/psychiatry/>


      Taken to its logical extreme, one dissenter writes, are we all mad?


      Are we all labelled Mad?<http://theconversation.com/under-new-psychiatric-guidebook-we-might-all-be-labelled-mad-14132>


      Here’s a clinician’s perspective of what’s changed in this manual:


      APA 2013 Report<http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/conference-reports/apa2013/content/article/10168/2143387>


      The Hearing Voices Network wishes to debate DSM-5 and psychiatric diagnoses:


      Hearing Voices Network Launches Debate<http://www.madinamerica.com/2013/05/hearing-voices-network-launches-debate-on-dsm-5-and-psychiatric-diagnoses/>


      One survivor finds out that in a hospital peer support program, the clinicians are using “recovery” in less than truthful ways:


      When Recovery Feels Like a Trap<http://www.madinamerica.com/2013/05/when-recovery-feels-like-a-trap/>




      8.  Peers in Mental Health and Addiction CoI Webinar


      The one-hour webinar took place Wednesday, May 15.  You can watch a recording here:


      Peer Support CoI Webinar<http://eenet.ca/products-tools/peer-support-in-addictions-and-mental-health-in-ontario-2/>


      9.  Patient Engagement Drives Health Transformation

      This Op-Ed piece speaks about the ability of the chronic patient “in the trenches” to offer improvements to the healthcare system.  Another observation concerns the success of Apple’s Steve Jobs, who immersed himself in the “user’s experience” to innovate his products so successfully:

      Patient Engagement and Trench Innovation<http://healthydebate.ca/opinions/patient-engagement-and-trench-innovation>


      10.Online Survey Outreaching to Racialized Youth Populations

      Check out this website to find out if someone you know is in this targeted population to respond to the survey:

      Understanding Mental Illness in Your Community<http://www.newyouth.ca/understanding-mental-illness-your-community>




      11.Linda Chamberlain Profiled Again – and You Can Get a Book!


      Read this to find out how to get a copy:


      Linda Chamberlain’s Story Inspiring and Healing<http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/05/22/linda_chamberlains_story_of_torontos_mean_streets_is_inspiring_healing.html>


      Or you can click on this link to buy an electronic ebook:


      John Stapleton’s website<http://openpolicyontario.com/pictures/>



      12.Mental Health Event:  Our Beautiful Minds (Halton Region)


      Peer Support and Recovery Best Practices


      T.E.A.C.H, the consumer/survivor initiative in Halton Region is hosting a complimentary hot buffet breakfast, followed by presentations and a “Q&A” session.

      Date:  Monday, June 10, 2013

      Time:  8:00 am – 12:00 pm

      Location:  St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre, 1280 Dundas Street West, Oakville, ON L6M 4H9


      Key speakers include:  Kevin Flynn, MPP, Debbie Jones, MSW (T.E.A.C.H.), Brenda Lennie, comedienne, and a Panel of Peers

      For more information, or to register, or to reserve your seat please contact by May 31st, 2013:
      Cheryl at admin@shhalton.org<mailto:admin@shhalton.org<mailto:admin@shhalton.org%3cmailto:admin@shhalton.org>>
      Tel: 905.845.9212, x 133



      13.Thunder Bay PSR Conference:  “Recovery in Mental Health – Sharing Our Successes”


      Please refer to this link for registration, conference agenda, and learning institutes taking place June 4, 5, and 6:


      Recovery in Mental Health Registration and Agenda Webpage<http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e764rl72876f23e2&llr=iglitjfab>



      14.CMHA National Conference 2013 Call for Abstracts


      The conference takes place in Ottawa October 16-18 (one day for an institute and two conference days) and you can view the call for submissions of abstracts:


      CMHA National Conference Call for Abstracts<A%20reminder%20that%20this%20event%20takes%20place%20Tuesday,%20May%2022%20at%20the%20St.%20Lawrence%20Hall;%20full%20details%20can%20be%20found%20here:>




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