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OPDI NewsToGo Issue #416 November 18, 2014

Highlights include: "Brian's Law" in the News; Overwhelmed Mental Health Hotline; Potent Pot; Drug Treatment Courts; Solitary Confinement; Evangelical Christianity and Mental Health; Job Postings ; News; and More.

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1. Ontario Government Announcement
The Ontario government has released its 2014 Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review.  It remains committed to balancing the budget by 2017-2018:
Ontario Government’s Plan is Building Opportunity, Securing Our Future

2. Individual that Precipitated “Brian’s Law” Now Back in Ottawa

The man that killed Brian Smith and was found not criminally responsible has made his way back to Ottawa.  The incident resulted in the legislation that permits community treatment orders in the province:
Jeffrey Arenburg Back in Ottawa

3. Mental Health Hotline Overwhelmed by Callers

Calls have jumped from 5,400 in the summer to over 7,400 in September alone for this service in the Waterloo-Wellington-Dufferin area:
Hotline Connecting People to Mental Health Services  Locally Surprised by High Demand

4. London Rooming House Fire Continues to Raise Questions

A local homeless coalition is calling for an inquest:
Advocate for London’s Homeless Wonders if Other Tragedies are Just Waiting to Happen

5. Pot Ad Stirs Up Debate

Some researchers are saying that marijuana’s THC level has gotten stronger.  Others say it is due to consumer demand.  Another commentator says it is bull.  Online commentators had this to say to the TV ad on YouTube:
Potent Pot
The Potent Pot Zombie
Tory Anti-Pot Ad Mocked and Condemned on YouTube

6. Journalism’s Dirty Secret and Mental Health

The author of this blog entry suggests that fear of disclosure of one’s own issues and the stigmatizing reporting of those with lived mental health and addiction experience may go hand in hand:
Journalism’s Dirty Mental Illness Secret and Why It Matters

7. Evangelical Christianity and an Evolving Attitude to Mental Health
This interesting article surveys the changing view of evangelicals from a recent survey believing that “prayer and Bible study alone”, awareness raising among leading religious figures, and how joint advocacy for improving mental health services involves partnering between religious groups and secular organizations:
Christians and Mental Health:  “This is Nothing to Whether I Believe in Jesus”
8. Medical Assistance for Veterans with Mental Health Issues Questioned

This Opposition MP has called out the Joint Personnel Support Unit for its exemplary service for veterans who need its specialized supports for their issues, but also questions whether those demands of the armed forces matches the supply available:

MP Peter Stoffer Questions Support for Soldiers with Mental Health Issues

9. Sudbury NISA Member Writes a Memoir
The Sudbury consumer/survivor initiative member Annette Larabie was interviewed on CBC Radio:
Sudbury Author Writes about Depression

10. Solitary Confinement in Prisons as a Mental Health Issue

This Canadian Medical Association Journal article makes the case for explaining why the CMA wishes to work with Corrections Canada to address this:
Cruel and Unusual Punishment:  Solitary Confinement in Canadian Prisons
For a background report on segregation in US and Canadian institutions, here is a Global News report:
Alone with their Thoughts:  Why Put Sick People in Solitary?

11. Addiction Awareness Week:  CAMH in the Spotlight

This Toronto Star article looks at personalized medicine as an approach to working with individuals with an alcohol dependency and also profiles a app to help people monitor their drinking while offering them the chance to provide CAMH with protected data that can help in their research:
Using Drugs to Treat Alcohol Addiction

12. A Guide to Bullying in the Electronic Age

What does cyberbullying look like and what are its intentions?  You can find out more in this summary:
What Bullying Looks Like in the Digital Age and How to Prevent It
13. Profiling the Drug Treatment Court
In this healthydebates.ca post, the authors examine the use of diversion to help people with addiction issues:
Drug Treatment Courts Offer an Alternative to Jail for People with Addictions


14.  Mental Health Commission of Canada “Mental Health Promotion in the Workplace”
The MHCC has been presenting a monthly series of webinars on mental health and the workplace.  The next one is scheduled for November 26th at 12 pm EST and registration takes place here.
The webpage that includes all previous archived webinars available on demand can be found here:
Free Monthly Webinars on Workplace Mental Health Promotion

15.  Charity Village Advertised Positions

A-Way Express in Toronto, a consumer/survivor-run social purpose company that employs people with lived experience of mental health and addictions is hiring an employment support specialist.
CMHA Peel is hiring a Peer Support Worker in its Early Intervention in Psychosis Program.
St. Leonard’s Community Services in Brantford is hiring a Peer Support Worker to work with individuals with Concurrent Disorders.
16. Mood Disorders Association Offers WRAP Training in Sarnia
Please refer to this announcement for more information.

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