OPDI News & Events

OPDI NewsToGo Issue #453 September 4, 2015

Highlights include: OPDI Conference Registration and Lighthouse Awards Nominations Deadlines TODAY; Victim's Rights and Vigilante Justice; Mental Health Walk-in Clinic; Student's Mental Health; News; and More.


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1. Ontario Newsroom

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has announced funding for "bundled-care" projects across the province.  When a patient undergoes a procedure, continuity of staff to look after the patient from hospital to community is emphasized, along with a different funding model.  The outcomes seem promising.  We have a press release and a related news story:

Ontario Funds Bundled Care Teams to Improve Patient Experience
Province expands ‘patient first' program developed in Hamilton

2.  "Mobilizing Peer Support in Ontario" 2015 OPDI Conference and AGM Registration Now Open (DEADLINE TODAY)

A final reminder to register by no later than September 4, 2015.  The updated conference package now includes the keynote speaker (hint:  she just received the Order of Canada) and the comedian who will be entertaining during the OPDI Lighthouse Awards Dinner.

3. 2015 OPDI Lighthouse Awards Call for Nominations (closing TODAY)

Ontario Peer Development Initiative invites nominations for our 6th annual Lighthouse Awards, to be presented September 24th at our Mobilizing Peer Support Conference and Annual General Meeting event.

There are a total of five potential awards to be presented, in the following categories:

Awards to Individuals include the Peer of the Year Award for excellence in peer support, the Unsung Hero award for someone whose contribution to mental health/addiction work has not been recognized at a provincial level, and the Pay it Forward Award, for someone who has overcome extreme challenges including poverty, and still managed to contribute their time, expertise and support for the good of others.

OPDI will award in one or all of the above three categories, depending upon receiving suitable nominations.

Awards to Organizations include the Innovators Award for organizations, whether peer-run or clinical, that implement innovative practices or ideas to serve clients with mental health/addiction issues; and the Community Builders Award for organizations, media outlets, or public figures who contribute to the mental health/addiction and/or peer support community through their work.  

Whenever awards in both of the above named categories are presented, one will go to an OPDI member and the other to a non-member. 

Download the brochure, poster, and nomination forms below:

Lighthouse Award Brochure    Lighthouse Award Poster

Lighthouse Award Nomination Form (Individual)

Lighthouse Award Nomination Form (Organization)

4. Conservative Victims' Rights Bill Raises Possibility of Vigilante Justice (follow-up)

The recent "victim's rights" bill that has resulted in a case of attempted retribution against someone who was found not criminally responsible has raised the issue of public safety, according to a lawyer from the B.C. Civil Liberties Association.  You can read a report and access the podcast of the interview:

Threats to mentally ill attacker raise questions about revised legislation

5.  Promising Practice:  Mental Health Walk-In Clinic

The South-East LHIN has funded a one-a-week brief service for children, youth, and their families into the evening:

Mental Health Walk-In Clinic Coming

6.  The Ethics of Patient-Doctor Confidentiality

What happens when a psychiatrist's patient threatens violence?  What is the doctor's obligation?

Stephen Tynes's psychiatrist right to inform police after Dalhousie threats, says prof

7.  Opioids In the News

The Windsor-Essex area is reporting a spike in opioid overdoses:

Windsor-Essex area opioid misuse leads to spike in deaths, ER visits and hospitalizations

And a journalist writes a firsthand account of personal loss:

Fentanyl Stole My Brother From Our Family

8.  "Faces of Health Care" -- A Look at Addiction

“Faces of Health Care” is a website that offers portraits of people who are affected by health policy.  This one is of Howard, who is a recovering addict:

Faces of Health Care:  Howard

9. Why an Identification Clinic Is Good for Your Health

Without ID, it limits access to services.  Here's what a Nova Scotia group of volunteers is doing about it:

The Identification Clinic Helps Homeless Break Down Barriers


10.  Psychology Studies Hard to Replicate, Survey Finds

Volunteers had worked to repeat 100 studies which were considered "core" knowledge in the field.  But more than half would not stand up upon re-inspection:

Many Psychology Findings Not as Strong as Claimed, Study Says

11. Students' Mental Health in the News

An Ottawa psychology student has created an app that incorporates aspects of cognitive behavioural therapy:

Ottawa psych student's app to help 'thousands' with anxiety, depression

The app is available through this website:

tru reach

An Ontario college is working at creating an online way to help students coping with mental health issues while being away from home from the first time:

Online Tool Coming to Help Students with Mental Health Issues

We have a reminder that the start of a school year is a stressful occasion for some:

Japan’s Worst Day for Teenage Suicides

Some advice for parents guiding their children going back to school or to university:

How to Support Your Teen's Mental Health While at University

4 Ways Parents Can Support Their Children’s Mental Health

12.   We Are Not Doing a Good Job on Alcohol Addiction

In this piece, those in the field speak out about how we are ignoring this critical health issue:

Health care system is failing people with alcohol addiction, say experts

There is a need to speak up about binge drinking, too:

Talk about Binge Drinking Should Start Early, Doctors Say

13.  British Medical Students Survey of Mental Health Is Alarming

This British study has worrying statistics about medical students’ mental health and suicidal thoughts:

One in Seven Medical Students Has Considered Suicide During Their Studies, Research Shows

14.  Postpartum Depression in Men

Postpartum depression can happen to men too:

Why Postpartum Depression in Dads Goes Unrecognized -- And Ignored


15. OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials Training in London

Please find the training form and the poster for the London training taking place October 2015.

16.  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.

17. Oliver Sacks's Archives in the New Yorker

Oliver Sacks, the neurologist who popularized many facets of mental health in his writings, has passed away.  The New Yorker Magazine has made available an archive of his stories:

Oliver Sacks in the New Yorker

18. Anti-Stigma Conference (Hamilton)
Please refer to the poster for more details and to register for this Wednesday, October 7 event.

19.  Empowerment Council Advocacy Bursary Program

Please refer to this poster/application for more information.

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