OPDI News & Events

OPDI NewsToGo Issue #448 July 31, 2015

Highlights include:  Physical Restraint and Confinement; Employment; Campus Life; Cutting Patient Support and Boosting Security; Dr. Grenier; Peer Training; Jobs; News; and More.


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1.  OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials Training in London
We are in the process of planning a training in London from October 19th – 23rd, 2015.  For more details please email opdi@opdi.org.
2. Peer Support Training for Parents and Family Members

Are you a parent or family member looking for training to become a peer support worker, supporting other parents and family members?  OPDI has had some inquiries in the Toronto area and we are wondering if there is enough interest to run a special parent & family class.  If you are interested please contact us at opdi@opdi.org.

3. Ontario Newsroom

As promised, there will be public consultations on this controversial method of law enforcement:

Ontario Launches Public Consultations on Police Street Checks

We have a related news story (the government's perspective is that it is constitutional; the Ontario Ombudsman has a differing opinion):

Province Checking Up on Police “Street Checks” With Public Consultation

The province has some helpful hints on tackling the summer heat:

Extreme Heat Alerts This Summer

4. Guelph Hospital Boosts Security, Cuts Patient Support Workers

In the aftermath of an incident at a Guelph hospital where a patient was shot by police in the ER, protective measures have been heightened.  As a result, patient support workers are losing their jobs and being replaced by security officers:

Guelph General Beefs Up Security, Cuts Patient Support Workers

Increased Hospital Security Has Costs

5. Peel Region Police Shooting Raises More Questions

The storyline to date: tampered evidence, leaked toxicology report, previous mental health-related encounter with the police, and that information on the police in-car computer.

No Charges Against Peel Police in Death of Jermaine Carby

Leaked Toxicology Report Showed Jermaine Carby had Drugs in System When Shot

Jermaine Carby Taken in Under Mental Health Act a Month Before Police Shot Him

6. Improving Youth Mental Health and Unemployment Rate Go Hand in Hand

This Australian authority makes a connection between resolving youth mental health issues and ensuring that young people could succeed in the workforce:

Expert Says Addressing Mental Health Can Reverse Chronic Youth Jobless Rate

7. People with Schizophrenia Want to Work

This article looks at what needs to happen if a person with a mental health diagnosis is to be able to achieve gainful employment:  be willing and able, have strengths and talents that can be used, and benefit from some accommodations in the workplace:

Job Hunting with Schizophrenia

8. Mental Health and the Correctional Facility

The CBC’s “The National” has a report on PSTD, how it affects correctional officers, and the incidence of suicide so far this year:

Prison Guards and PSTD

In Chicago, the local jail’s warden is a clinical psychologist, a blatant acknowledgement maybe that jails and hospitals have become indistinguishable:

A Psychologist as Warden?  Jail and Mental Illness Intersect in Chicago

9. Ontario Ombudsman's Annual Report 2014-2015

The Ontario Ombudsman’s Annual Report has been released.  A press release with highlights and access to the download is here:

Ombudsman Marks Decade of Progress in 2014-2015

In his press conference, he emphasized the ill-treatment of inmates held in solitary confinement as a concern:

Inmates Kept “In Segregation” for Months at a Time without Review:  Ombud Andre Marin

10.  Prescription Marijuana  Reimbursement by Insurers Imminent?

Prescription marijuana covered by third-party insurers may be a coming reality:

Expect Medical Marijuana to be covered by Benefits Soon, Experts Say

11.  Life on Campus in the 21st Century:  Stress and Suicide

This feature profile on student mental health paints a vivid and much different picture of a social media-obsessed student population and its consequences.  It’s eye-opening for those who went to school before smartphones:

Suicide on Campus and the Pursuit of Perfection


12. Physical Restraint and Confinement in the Ontario Psychiatric Hospital System

A recent Ontario Study has uncovered the extent to which physical restraint and confinement still are techniques used in Ontario psychiatric facilities and can cause harm:

Restraint, confinement still an everyday practice in mental health settings

13. Opioid Overdose Deaths:  Still Happening

An Ontario study shows that why the incidence of fatal overdoses involving oxycodone has fallen, other drug-related deaths are increasing due to other opioids on the market:

Oxycodone Deaths Down in Ontario but Other Opioid Overdoses Up

14. Educational Video:  WRAP Plans and Legal Rights (repeat)

The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario and ARCH Disability Law Clinic have made this hour-long video available online:

Legal Education and WRAP Plans


15. Job Postings

Job Posting:  CSI Niagara

Looking for a new job opportunity? Come join the Consumer Survivor Initiative! We are currently looking for enthusiastic and responsible consumers to help run peer support groups every Monday. You will need to be available 1:30-3:30pm and 6:00-8:00pm with potential opportunity for 2 more hours beginning September. Transportation to Page Street in St Catharines is necessary and you must have lived experience with Mental Health (user of the Mental Health System) to apply. If this opportunity interests you please email your resume to consumer.survivor@bellnet.ca or fax it to (905)-732-5012.

16.  Congrats to Dr. Stéphane Grenier!

Congratulations to Stéphane Grenier of the PSACC-Canada (Peer Support Accreditation and Certification) who recently received an honourary degree from University of Guelph-Humber:

Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired) Stéphane Grenier urges UofGH grads to change nation’s approach to mental health with heartfelt plea

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