OPDI News & Events

OPDI NewsToGo Issue #354 – July 12, 2013

Highlights include: MHCC Family Caregivers Guidelines; Information Guide for Peer Workers (Harm Reduction); Extreme Heat Factsheets; CAMH Cafeteria Consumer-Run; Teenage Residential Treatment Centre; Bill C-54 Reaction; Schizophrenia Society of Canada and Hearing Voices; 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.  Ontario Drops Funding for Diabetes Test Strips


      Mental health consumers who also are eligible for the Ontario Drug Benefit Program who are in a high-risk category for diabetes may be affected by this policy.  More information is available here (it is recommended also to talk to your physician or pharmacist):


      Diabetes Test Strips and ODB Program<http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/drugs/opdp_eo/notices/exec_office_20130708.pdf.>



      2.  Health Care Options Directory


      The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care website has a very helpful webpage (worth bookmarking) that shows non-urgent healthcare options that is searchable by entering a location (city, street, or postal code) and checking off the service being sought:


      Health Care Options in Ontario Search<http://www.hco-on.ca/English/Search/>


      This site is helpful if you are planning to be elsewhere in Ontario for vacation this summer and need to locate the nearest emergency room (check off this location) and no service selected (choose this category) on the webpage to get addresses and phone numbers.



      3.  Toronto Board of Public Health Says Yes to Safe Injection Sites; Province Says No


      We have two media accounts and a point-counterpoint debate on this controversial health issue:


      Toronto Wants – The Province Doesn’t – Now What?<http://globalnews.ca/news/711134/torontos-board-of-health-wants-a-supervised-injection-site-the-province-doesnt-now-what/>


      Ontario Rejects Safe Injection Sites<http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/04/11/ontario-rejects-safe-injection-sites/>


      Torontoist vs. Torontoist in Supervised Injection Sites<http://torontoist.com/2013/07/torontoist-vs-torontoist-in-supervised-injection-sites/>



      4.  Memorial For People Who Use Drugs


      We have an enclosed poster advertising this Toronto event reminding us about the pushback on the “war on drugs”.

      View the Poster Here


      5.  A Parent Blogs About A Complex Recovery Journey


      In last week’s issue, I mentioned an article on children’s addiction.  A reader has reminded me of the recent set of blog entries detailing the ups and downs of seeking care and advocating for a family member.  These detailed and emotional stories are laid out here:














      Readers may find out more about the author here:





      6.  Pharmacists Fear Robberies


      The desperate need for prescription opioids and other addictive drugs are leading to violence against pharmacy operators:


      Ontario Pharmacists Seek Protection against Rise in Robberies<http://www.thespec.com/news-story/3887188-ontario-pharmacists-seek-protection-against-rise-in-robberies/>



      7.  Legal Aid Ontario Works with Mental Health Commission of Canada on Legal Education


      The press release points to the benefit of training to recognize and understand the needs of clients with a mental health diagnosis:


      Meeting the Legal Needs of Clients with Mental Health Issues<http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1197669/alap-supports-training-to-meet-legal-needs-of-clients-with-mental-health-issues>


      While browsing the LAO website, one can also locate this related news release on the LAO’s mental health strategy with past PPAO legal counsel Ryan Fritsch taking the lead:




      Legal Aid Ontario Mental Health Strategy<http://legalaid.on.ca/en/news/newsarchive/1305-08_mentalhealthstrategy.asp>



      8.  Mad Pride Toronto 2013 Write-Ups


      The organizing committee has done a great job of publicizing their event this year:


      Rabble Blog:  Mad Pride Toronto 2013 Celebration<http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/krystalline-kraus/2013/07/activist-communique-mad-pride-toronto-2013-celebration-madn>


      Torontoist:  Twenty Years of Mad Pride<http://torontoist.com/events/event/twenty-years-of-mad-pride-in-toronto/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=twenty-years-of-mad-pride-in-toronto>



      9.  Mad Pride Hamilton (Repeat)


      We have attached two files detailing the event taking later this month in Hamilton.

      Click Below:

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      10.EENet Annual Report 2012-2013

      What could be more exciting than a compilation of achievements from the Ontario mental health and addictions knowledge exchange network than knowing that there will also be a 2013-2014 edition (because their funding has been renewed)?  Congratulations!
      EENet Annual Report 2012-2013<http://eenet.ca/news/eenet-releases-annual-report/>


      11.Peer Support and Diabetes (A Systematic Review of the Literature)

      Thanks to J. from CMHA Ontario for forwarding this abstract of a peer-reviewed article available in full text (see the right-hand menu) comparing the effect of peer support on diabetes outcomes in adults:

      McMaster Library Health Evidence Abstract<http://www.healthevidence.org/view-article.aspx?a=24052>


      12.CAMH CrossCurrents Autumn 2013 Issue


      The latest issue is available online here and its theme is quite topical (the greening of mental health):


      Note the electronic magazine option (flip the pages with your mouse).


      13.The Empirical Evidence for Enjoying Sad Music

      So-called “sad music” can help people cope with their emotions:

      Sad Music Helps Us Deal with Negative Emotions<http://psychcentral.com/news/2013/07/12/sad-music-helps-us-deal-with-negative-emotions/57114.html>


      14.The Second Edition of Information Guide for Peer Workers and Agencies (repeat)

      The guide (written by Toronto peer workers and geared to harm reduction) can be downloaded here:





      15.Insulin Packs Recall by Health Canada


      These products are associated with use of insulin pumps; the recall notice is here.  Always consult a physician or other healthcare professional as needed:


      Paradigm and Polyfin Insulation Infusion Sets Recall<http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2013/34261a-eng.php>



      16.George Brown Information Sessions (repeat)


      George Brown College will be hosting an Information Session for each of our programs:




      Date 1:  Monday, July 22, 2013

      Room:   260E

      Time:  12:30 pm

      At:  St James Campus, 200 King St E


      Date 2:  Tuesday, August 13, 2013

      Room:  246E

      Time:  12:30 pm

      At:  St James Campus, 200 King St E


      Application Deadline is October 18, 2013


      Construction Craft Worker EXTENDED TRAINING (CCWET)

      Date 1:  Monday, July 15, 2013

      Date 2:  Monday, August 19, 2013


      All of these sessions are in:


      Room:   E219

      Time:  12:30 pm

      At:  Casa Loma Campus, 146 Kendal Ave


      Application Deadline is February 7, 2014


      Please RSVP at auged@georgebrown.ca<mailto:auged@georgebrown.ca> or

      (416) 415-5000 x 6790




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