Oct
24
Tue
Prison 101 Workshop @ Métis Nation of Ontario
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This is a one-day beginner-level workshop designed for front line workers and others who work with/support people that are affected by incarceration. There is a strong focus on harm reduction/overdose prevention inside corrections, and HIV/HepC healthcare for individuals who are incarcerated.

You will:

  • Learn more about the Federal and Provincial systems and how to navigate through them
  • Learn about prison subculture and how it affects service delivery
  • Hear from a peer speaker … and more!

This workshop is hosted by Positive Living Niagara.

What You Need to Know About Canada’s Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines @ Online
Oct 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines (LRCUG) are an evidence-based public health tool, allowing cannabis users to modify and reduce risks for harms associated with cannabis use.

The LRCUG were developed by an international team of renowned addiction and health science experts, and based on a rigorous review and expert guidelines process led by Dr. Benedikt Fischer (Nominated Principal Investigator, Ontario Node of the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse- CRISM).

This webinar will:

  • Introduce key concepts and content of Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines
  • Discuss cannabis legalization and the possible integration of the guidelines into evolving regulatory and intervention frameworks
  • Discuss dissemination and application of the LRCUG in a variety of settings

This webinar is hosted by the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at CAMH.

Oct
25
Wed
Building a Business Case for Employers to Actively Recruit and Retain People with Mental Illness @ Online
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Tune in to this webinar to learn why recruiting aspiring workers makes good business sense.

The term Aspiring Workforce describes those people who, due to mental illness, have been unable to enter the workforce, or who are in and out of the workforce due to episodic illness, or who wish to return to work after a lengthy period of illness. The Aspiring Workforce are an untapped source of labour who can play an important role in addressing urgent business needs and skills shortages.

Join Rebecca Gewurtz and Margaret Oldfield from McMaster University, Emile Tompa from the Institute for Work and Health, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada as we explore the business case for hiring and retaining individuals with a mental illness.

In 2013, the MHCC and key partners released The Aspiring Workforce: Employment and Income for People with Serious Mental Illness. The intent of the project was to identify existing and innovative practices that would help people living with a serious mental illness to secure and sustain meaningful employment (or sustainable income).

In an effort to carry out the recommendations of the Aspiring Workforce report to eliminate barriers of employment for individuals with severe mental illness the MHCC undertook a project to understand the business case from the employer’s point of view that examines how a strategic decision to actively recruit and retain people from the Aspiring Workforce addresses urgent business needs and skill shortages. This webinar will introduce the audience to the project and some of the initial findings.

This webinar is hosted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Opioid Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction: Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health @ Online
Oct 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This webinar will address Ontario’s opioid crisis, overdose prevention and harm reduction strategies relevant for post-secondary students.

Jean Hopkins from CMHA Ontario will be introducing a guide for overdose prevention and Naloxone, which provides an overview of the current situation in Ontario, information related to opioids, options for developing and implementing an overdose protocol, education and awareness for staff and templates for developing policies.

Key learnings:

  • Overview of Ontario’s current situation
  • Overdose prevention
  • Harm reduction strategies
  • Useful resources related to overdose prevention
  • Developing policies and protocols

This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.

Oct
30
Mon
Innovation & Opportunities in Campus Mental Health: CICMH 2017 Conference @ Courtyard Marriott
Oct 30 – Oct 31 all-day

The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health’s Annual Conference is the meeting place for stakeholders in post-secondary mental health across Ontario and Canada. This annual event attracts over 200 participants, 20 exhibitors, and leaders in mental health from across the country. It offers over a dozen workshops featuring the best, promising and emerging practices in the sector.

This year’s theme, Innovation & Opportunities in Campus Mental Health, will focus on how post-secondary institutions can assess the need for, design, implement and evaluate campus-wide mental health strategies.

Conference streams will be structured around the key components for campus mental health strategy development:

  • Institutional Structure: Organization, Planning and Policy
  • Supportive, Inclusive Campus Climate and Environment
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Community Capacity to Respond to Early Indications of Student Concern
  • Self-Management Competencies and Coping Skills
  • Accessible Mental Health Services
  • Crisis Management

This conference is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.

Nov
5
Sun
Strides2Wellness @ Pathstone Mental Health
Nov 5 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Did you know that there is growing research that being active, or increasing your activity levels can decrease anxiety and depression? Statistics show an alarming increase in childhood obesity due to lack of exercise and poor diet, increasing children’s risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Physical fitness, through a healthy and active lifestyle is why Strides2Wellness began.

This run/walk/roll (wheelchair) is aimed to engage the community in being active and outdoors. Choose from 1km, 5km and 10km options where you will cross the finish line earning a commemorative medal and limited edition swag that gives you bragging rights for your accomplishment. Proceeds support Pathstone Mental Health.

This event is hosted by Strides2Wellness and Pathstone Mental Health.

Nov
6
Mon
Screening of Film “Us & Them” @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre - The Film House
Nov 6 @ 7:00 pm

Filmed over a decade, Us and Them is a deeply visceral film about transformation through human connection. Krista Loughton, filmmaker, befriends four chronically homeless people in an effort to help them heal their lives.

These four charismatic people reveal the heartrending realities of their lives. The severe challenges of life on the street are portrayed with an unapologetic openness, in both emotive and humorous ways. All are struggling with addiction issues rooted in their painful childhood histories.

You are invited to a free screening of the film followed by a discussion on poverty and homelessness in Niagara.

RSVP only to Shoneez Munshi (see contact information above).

This screening is hosted by the United Way of St. Catharines & District.

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Oct
24
Tue
Prison 101 Workshop @ Métis Nation of Ontario
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This is a one-day beginner-level workshop designed for front line workers and others who work with/support people that are affected by incarceration. There is a strong focus on harm reduction/overdose prevention inside corrections, and HIV/HepC healthcare for individuals who are incarcerated.

You will:

  • Learn more about the Federal and Provincial systems and how to navigate through them
  • Learn about prison subculture and how it affects service delivery
  • Hear from a peer speaker … and more!

This workshop is hosted by Positive Living Niagara.

What You Need to Know About Canada’s Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines @ Online
Oct 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines (LRCUG) are an evidence-based public health tool, allowing cannabis users to modify and reduce risks for harms associated with cannabis use.

The LRCUG were developed by an international team of renowned addiction and health science experts, and based on a rigorous review and expert guidelines process led by Dr. Benedikt Fischer (Nominated Principal Investigator, Ontario Node of the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse- CRISM).

This webinar will:

  • Introduce key concepts and content of Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines
  • Discuss cannabis legalization and the possible integration of the guidelines into evolving regulatory and intervention frameworks
  • Discuss dissemination and application of the LRCUG in a variety of settings

This webinar is hosted by the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at CAMH.

Oct
25
Wed
Building a Business Case for Employers to Actively Recruit and Retain People with Mental Illness @ Online
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Tune in to this webinar to learn why recruiting aspiring workers makes good business sense.

The term Aspiring Workforce describes those people who, due to mental illness, have been unable to enter the workforce, or who are in and out of the workforce due to episodic illness, or who wish to return to work after a lengthy period of illness. The Aspiring Workforce are an untapped source of labour who can play an important role in addressing urgent business needs and skills shortages.

Join Rebecca Gewurtz and Margaret Oldfield from McMaster University, Emile Tompa from the Institute for Work and Health, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada as we explore the business case for hiring and retaining individuals with a mental illness.

In 2013, the MHCC and key partners released The Aspiring Workforce: Employment and Income for People with Serious Mental Illness. The intent of the project was to identify existing and innovative practices that would help people living with a serious mental illness to secure and sustain meaningful employment (or sustainable income).

In an effort to carry out the recommendations of the Aspiring Workforce report to eliminate barriers of employment for individuals with severe mental illness the MHCC undertook a project to understand the business case from the employer’s point of view that examines how a strategic decision to actively recruit and retain people from the Aspiring Workforce addresses urgent business needs and skill shortages. This webinar will introduce the audience to the project and some of the initial findings.

This webinar is hosted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Opioid Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction: Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health @ Online
Oct 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This webinar will address Ontario’s opioid crisis, overdose prevention and harm reduction strategies relevant for post-secondary students.

Jean Hopkins from CMHA Ontario will be introducing a guide for overdose prevention and Naloxone, which provides an overview of the current situation in Ontario, information related to opioids, options for developing and implementing an overdose protocol, education and awareness for staff and templates for developing policies.

Key learnings:

  • Overview of Ontario’s current situation
  • Overdose prevention
  • Harm reduction strategies
  • Useful resources related to overdose prevention
  • Developing policies and protocols

This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.

Oct
30
Mon
Innovation & Opportunities in Campus Mental Health: CICMH 2017 Conference @ Courtyard Marriott
Oct 30 – Oct 31 all-day

The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health’s Annual Conference is the meeting place for stakeholders in post-secondary mental health across Ontario and Canada. This annual event attracts over 200 participants, 20 exhibitors, and leaders in mental health from across the country. It offers over a dozen workshops featuring the best, promising and emerging practices in the sector.

This year’s theme, Innovation & Opportunities in Campus Mental Health, will focus on how post-secondary institutions can assess the need for, design, implement and evaluate campus-wide mental health strategies.

Conference streams will be structured around the key components for campus mental health strategy development:

  • Institutional Structure: Organization, Planning and Policy
  • Supportive, Inclusive Campus Climate and Environment
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Community Capacity to Respond to Early Indications of Student Concern
  • Self-Management Competencies and Coping Skills
  • Accessible Mental Health Services
  • Crisis Management

This conference is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.

Nov
5
Sun
Strides2Wellness @ Pathstone Mental Health
Nov 5 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Did you know that there is growing research that being active, or increasing your activity levels can decrease anxiety and depression? Statistics show an alarming increase in childhood obesity due to lack of exercise and poor diet, increasing children’s risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Physical fitness, through a healthy and active lifestyle is why Strides2Wellness began.

This run/walk/roll (wheelchair) is aimed to engage the community in being active and outdoors. Choose from 1km, 5km and 10km options where you will cross the finish line earning a commemorative medal and limited edition swag that gives you bragging rights for your accomplishment. Proceeds support Pathstone Mental Health.

This event is hosted by Strides2Wellness and Pathstone Mental Health.

Nov
6
Mon
Screening of Film “Us & Them” @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre - The Film House
Nov 6 @ 7:00 pm

Filmed over a decade, Us and Them is a deeply visceral film about transformation through human connection. Krista Loughton, filmmaker, befriends four chronically homeless people in an effort to help them heal their lives.

These four charismatic people reveal the heartrending realities of their lives. The severe challenges of life on the street are portrayed with an unapologetic openness, in both emotive and humorous ways. All are struggling with addiction issues rooted in their painful childhood histories.

You are invited to a free screening of the film followed by a discussion on poverty and homelessness in Niagara.

RSVP only to Shoneez Munshi (see contact information above).

This screening is hosted by the United Way of St. Catharines & District.

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