OPDI News & Events

OPDI NewsToGo Issue #412 October 21, 2014

Highlights include: October 29th OPDI Internship Webinar; Ontario Government Announcements; Canadian Armed Forces Mental Health Survey; Diana Capponi Obituary; Peer Support Worker Positions; Peer Support via YouTube; News; and More.

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1.  Upcoming OPDI Internship Webinar
Our next Internship webinar date is Wednesday, October 29th @ 2:00pm.  If you have completed the OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials™ Program and have received a level 1R you are invited to join if you wish.  If this time does not work for you there will be other webinars offered.  If you would like to attend the Internship webinar please email opdi@opdi.org and the information to login will be sent to you.

2. Ontario Government Announcements

The Ministry of Labour has released a report based on a roundtable of stakeholders with an interest in raising awareness of and reducing stigma around traumatic mental stress in the workplace.  Future steps include a conference for 2015.  The press release also emphasizes that mental health is one of the 4 priorities of this Ministry.

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities is extending the Mental Health Innovation Fund to offer services for those in need in the post-secondary sector, and will fund proposals for First Nations, Metis, persons with mental health and addicitons issues, and those transitioning from high school.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is expanding community paramedicine programs so that people can receive home visits from these allied health individuals.  They will also be able to facilitate referrals to CCAC's (community care access centres) and assist people in coping with chronic conditions.

3. Soldier's Mental Health Survey Reveals Career Stigma Linked to Help-Seeking

You can find out more about the results of the disconcerting statistical analysis and the military ombudsman's reaction:

Soldiers' Mental Health Survey Reveals Fear of Career Stigma

4. ER Doctors in Homeless Shelters

This emerging practice in Ottawa, Toronto, and other cities diverts patients away from the ER and also offers better continuous care.  The story here.

5. Vancouver Overdoses Linked to Potent Fentanyl

Local police are recommending the use of a safe injection site, so that medical personnel are available in such emergencies:

Vancouver Overdoses Caused by Fentanyl Not Heroin

6. Marijuana and Its Effects on Teens

In this Globe and Mail feature, a flashpoint of cannabis legalization is examined in detail:  the effect of marijuana on a developing brain:

Your Kid's Brain on Pot

7. Diana Capponi Obituary in the Globe and Mail

We have a PDF of this article.

8. New Blog on Mad Studies

What is Mad Studies?  It is the area of education about people who are self-declared "mad" and include psychiatric survivors.  This blog has some entries including one by Lucy D'Costa of the Empowerment Council and can be found here.

9. MHCC Inventory of Recovery Resources

This webpage was recently launched by the Mental Health Commission of Canada in line with their Mental Health Strategy:

10. Treating Depression and Alcohol Together

This article describes an interdisciplinary team approach to working with clients and includes interviews with clinicians and a client's perspective.

11. Gluten Sensitivity and the Gut-Brain Connection
The saying "you are what you eat" is upheld with this article about celiac disease and the link to mind disorders.

12. Peer Support via YouTube

This study offers an interesting look at how individuals self-educate, support, and share about their mental health issues in a very public setting:


13. AMHO Community of Practice (November 3 and 4)
Please refer to this webpage for an agenda and registration form for mental health and addiction stakeholders.

14.  Children's Mental Health Ontario Conference (repeat)

The 2014 CMHO Conference takes place at the Toronto Eaton Marriott November 23-25.  For more information, please go here.

15. Peer Support Worker Employment Opportunities

The COTA (Toronto) position is here.
The Charity Village ad for the Loft Community Services, York Region is here.
Both positions are permanent part-time.
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