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OPDI NewsToGo Issue #388 – April 4, 2014

Highlights include: Medical Marijuana; ED and Policing Costs; At Home/Chez Soi Findings; MHCC Peer Support Webinar Online; Campus Mental Health; 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.   Federal Medical Marijuana Update

By appealing this legal decision, the federal government seems intent on removing the rights of individuals to grow their own medicinal pot:

Medical Marijuana Injunction Appealed by Federal Government

Here’s a summary of the latest issues regarding the uncertainty over medical marijuana:

Issues at the Centre of the Medical Marijuana Debate


2.   Emergency Departments, Mental Health Calls, and Policing Costs

This article explores the relationship between ER use and its impact on policing budgets:

Mental Health Calls Cost London Police 15% of their Budget


3.   EENet Posts Interview on Senior Police Official Interview

The Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee takes a leading provincial role in the area of mental health and the law.  This recent interview with a senior Toronto police official was publicized through EENet:



4.   At Home/Chez Soi Study:  10 Things to Know

The results of the “At Home/Chez Soi” housing initiative of the Mental Health Commission of Canada will be released in a press conference this coming week.  Housing and mental health advocate Nick Falvo outlines ten things you need to know:

10 Things to Know about the At Home/Chez Soi Study


5.   Quick-Acting Antidote for Opioid Overdose May be Available Soon

Encouraging news out of Hamilton is that Naloxone kits may become a reality in the Hamilton area to fight overdoses:

“Epipen” for Addicts Proposed to Fight Prescription Drug Overdoses



6.   MHCC Webinar on Formalized Peer Support Now Online

The recent MHCC webinar on formalized peer support that was held on March 19th is now online:



7.   Apps for the Anti-Social Types

These two apps were recently written up in the Globe and Mail (behind a paywall).  However, the whimsical coverage disguises the fact that persons with or without mental health issues would find them useful.

“With Split, free for iOS and Android devices, users log on to Facebook and select people from their social network they do not want to meet. The app sends an alert when they are nearby and shows a route on a map to avoid them.”


“The Cloak app for iOS works with Foursquare or Instagram, sending a notification if the person comes from within half a block to 2 miles away.”



8.   Peer Support as a Agent of Change

Here’s a short but powerful statement by a peer support specialist on what his role in health care really means:

Peer Support Specialists as Agents of Change within the Mental Health Care Industry


9.   A Writer with OCD in his Own Words

It takes an exceptional writer to give you a firsthand perspective on what it’s like to think with obsessive-compulsive disorder:

Living with OCD


10.Canadian Study Theorizes Brain Signals and Schizophrenia Connection

This McGill study has a interesting hypothesis:

Noisy Brain Signals and Schizophrenia



11.New Campus Mental Health Resource

In the latest edition of Mental Health Notes, CMHA Ontario has broadcast this new initiative, which is in the form of a website created by several partners.  You can find out more here:

Centre for Innovation Presents New Campus Mental Health Website


12.“Out of Sight, Out of Mind” – a New Documentary by the Maker of “NCR”

John Kastner, the creator of the much-acclaimed “Not Criminally Responsible” documentary, is back again with another look at the forensic psychiatry system through the eyes of those at Brockville Psychiatric Hospital. Please check out this entry from the TV Ontario website for information about viewing dates:



13.Hospital Peer Support Volunteer with H.O.P.E. (Brantford-area CSI)

The Brantford-area CSI H.O.P.E. is recruiting a hospital peer support volunteer.  The posting can be found here:

H.O.P.E Hospital Peer Support Volunteer


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