OPDI News & Events

OPDI NewsToGo Issue #377 – January 10, 2014

Highlights include: CAHO ARTIC TDM Model Profiles; Police and the Military in Mental Health; Medicinal Marijuana; DTFP Webspace; Conferences; ACT Peer Support Worker Opportunity(Peel Region); 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.  CAHO ARTIC Transition Discharge Model Project in the News

This is the multi-site Ontario teaching hospital research project that uses peer support as part of the discharge process for people receiving mental health care (OPDI is a partner):

Thunder Bay Transitional Discharge Model Team

PACE, the Thunder Bay CSI is a partner.

Five Revolutionizing health Care Projects in Ottawa

Psychiatric Survivors of Ottawa (PSO) is a partner.


2.  Police and Mental Health

We have more first-account stories of the pressures of being a cop in uniform:

Behind the Badge:  Police Often Grapple Silently with Mental Illness

Opinion for Ian’s Sake (referring to the Hamilton police officer who shot himself at headquarters)


3.  The Military and Mental Health

Yet another suspected suicide has raised calls for action:

More Canadian Military Suicides Feared in Recent Weeks

Mulcair Urges Harper to Take Urgent Action


4.  The Subject of Suicides Continues to Make News

The topic of the media and suicides is out in the open:

Media Coverage of Suicides becomes more common; is it a Positive Change?

Reducing Suicides in Canada


5.  Medicinal Marijuana in the News

The Toronto Star has begun a week-long series on medicinal marijuana:

Toronto Star Series on Marijuana:  The Vapour Lounge

The Globe and Mail published an op-ed on the perverse effects of the changes the federal government has made in the procurement of medicinal pot:

How the New Marijuana Rules will Punish Patients


6.  A Profile of Ontario’s Community Mental Health Centres for Youth

The Globe and Mail’s André Picard turns his attention to a profile of Ontario’s community mental health centres geared for youths aged 12-18:

Ontario Opens Doors for Troubled Teens


7.  Are the LHINs Ignoring the Role of Family Caregivers in Mental Health?

We have a writer who thinks so and offers a complaint that went to the Ontario Human Rights Commission:

Mental Health Care Discrimination


8.  Does Canada have a Prescription Opioid Crisis?

The authors of this healthydebate.ca article have some strong points to put across:

Prescription Opioid Crisis in Canada

9.  Post-Secondary Mental Health Conference and Resource Page

It’s called “Unleash the Noise” and it’s about raising the awareness of mental health and addiction issues with a specific target population:

Unleash the Noise


10.A Simple and Compelling Graphic About Our Housing Priorities

Did you ever wonder how much social housing cost compared with jail? A Psychiatric Bed? Or A Homeless Shelter?  Wonder no more…



11.Using Social Media in Promoting the Social Determinants of Health

This bulletin entry from the Ontario Health Promotion E-Bulletin issue of January 10, 2014 (#826, Volume 2014) takes on the topic of “how can social media support knowledge exchange on the social determinants of health?” and can be found here:



12.The Science of Procrastination and Mood Regulation

This is a fascinating glimpse into the psychological techniques that are being tried out to help people who are procrastinators:

To Stop Procrastinating, Look at the Science of Mood Repair


13.NEW DTFP (Drug Treatment Funding Programs) Webspace

In partnership with the CCSA and Health Canada, EENet has launched a DTFP web space that profiles project information, resources, and tools from the Ontario systems projects, plus DTFP projects in other provinces/territories and at the national level. Also on this web space are 11 short videos from each of the Ontario system projects that highlight each project’s activities from last year. You can visit this web space here.


14.Rainbow Health Ontario Conference

Be sure to register for the only conference in Canada focused on LGBT health and wellness, the RHO 2014 Conference, taking place Feb 5th to 7th at the Toronto Hilton. This dynamic forum will showcase the latest research, innovative programs, and unique networking opportunities. Over 150 speakers will participate in delivering 75 presentations. Topics cover a wide spectrum from youth to seniors, gender identity, newcomers, mental health and addictions, and HIV. Topics such as “Fattening the Truth: Examining Fat-phobia in LGBTQ Health and Social Service Provision”, and “Queering Sex Ed: Reimagining Sex Education in LGBTQ Youth Communities” are only available together at this conference. Registrants will have access to complimentary yoga, massage and acupuncture, and everyone is welcome to join us for a fabulous evening Cabaret. Be a part of creating change together. Register today: http://www.rainbowhealthontario.ca/conference/registration.cfm


15.Immigrant and Racialized Women’s Health Conference

Coordinated by:  Ryerson University/York University/University of Toronto/Health for All Clinic of Markham-Stouffville Hospital

Date:  February 21, 2014 (8:30 am – 4:30 pm)
Location:  Ryerson University, Ted Rogers School of Management
55 Dundas Street West. Room 2-166, Toronto

Registration Fee:  $35.00
Registration Fee for Students:  $20.00 
For a PDF Conference Flyer click here IRWHP Conference flyer
To go directly to the Online Registration click here    
For further information please visit the IRWHP Website at


16.SPARK Training Opportunity (MHCC)

The SPARK Training Workshop is an initiative created by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) to help participants learn techniques for moving evidence-informed research and knowledge from the fields of mental health, substance use and addictions more quickly into practice.

Find how more about this year’s training, and how to apply:

Supporting the Promotion of Activated Research and Knowledge (SPARK) Training Workshop


17.Peer Support Worker (ACT Team – CMHA Peel)

This 0.8 FTE position is advertised in Charity Village (and has an application deadline of February 15, 2014):


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