OPDI News & Events

OPDI NewsToGo Issue #378 – January 17, 2014

Highlights include: Mental Health in the Workplace; Barbara Hall at Police Shootings Inquest; Testimonial on Recovery and Peer Support; NCR; Youth Suicide Risk Assessment; Research Findings; 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.   MHCC Mental Health Workplace Standards Part of 3-Year Test Project

The Mental Health Commission of Canada came out last year with its recommendations for mental health in the workplace.  It will now be tested in 25 Canadian workplaces:

Mental Health Standard Tested in 25 Canadian Workplaces

University-level training will now be made available as well:

Morneau Sheppell, Bell and Queen’s University Announce Canada’s First University-Certified Mental Health Workplace Training Program


2.   Police and Mental Health

Ontario Human Rights Commissioner Barbara Hall appeared this past week at the Toronto police shootings inquests; we have three accounts of what happened that day:

Human Rights Commissioner Urges Police to Better Integrate Training

Focus on Person in Crisis:  Human Rights Commissioner

Human Rights Advocates Fire on Wrong Targets in Police Shootings Inquest


3.   Peer Support Worker Speaks Up – Bravo!

This submission to a local newspaper by a peer support worker at the Krasman Centre (a York Region CSI) is worth reading:

New Language of Possibilities for Mental Illness


4.   Not Criminally Responsible in the News

This blog entry walks through some of the myths surrounding the “not criminally responsible” defence:

Myth-busting the Not Criminally Responsible Defense

The CBC has an exclusive interview with the person whose killing of Brian Smith precipitated the law of that same name in Ontario (thus creating Community Treatment Orders):

Jeffrey Arenburg`s Story Fuels Not Criminally Responsible Debate


5.   Medicinal Marijuana in the News

This article on schizophrenia and psychiatry will take you to the other articles in the series in this week`s Toronto Star (remember to clear your browser):
The Faces of Pot:  The Psychiatrist


6.   Hospitals to Use Suicide Risk Assessment Tool

Surprisingly, up to now in Ontario there is no standard of practice or tool to use for young people at risk of self-harm:

New Suicide Risk Assessment Tool to be used in Hospitals


7.   Hamilton`s St. Joseph Healthcare Centre has a Redeveloped Campus

Here`s a profile of Hamilton`s newly redesigned St. Joseph`s Healthcare Centre and its mental health and addiction services:

New Hamilton Hospital Campus Designed to Destigmatize Mental Illness



8.   Addictions and Mental Health Integrated with Primary Care

This research summary provided by EENet looks at how a family health team can improve care for those with mental health and addictions:

Research Snapshot:  Integration of Addictions and Mental Health into Primary Care


9.   Poor Sleep and Teen Mental Health Problems

The researchers do note more research is needed to uncover the reason for the sleep problems:

Poor Sleep Linked to Teen Mental Health Problems


10.Summarizing the Benefits of Telephone Peer Support

Where face-to-face peer support is not practical, using the telephone can be equally useful.  This blog entry encapsulates three journal articles:

The Appeal of Telephone Peer Support


11.Findings of the At Home/Chez Soi Demonstration Project

Allow Tim Aubry of the University of Ottawa to explain it all to you in less than 9 minutes in this YouTube video:

Findings from the At Home/Chez Soi Demonstration Project


12.So You Admire Comedians…

The BBC certainly knows how to draw controversy:

Comedians have psychotic traits



13.A-Way Express Seeks Business Director (Toronto alternative business)

The Charity Village ad for this part-time position is here:



14.Across Boundaries (Toronto Ethnoracial MH & A Organization) Seeks Peer Support Worker

Knowledge of a second language is desired for this position:



15.SPARK Training Opportunity (MHCC) (repeat)

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


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