Jan
30
Tue
Supervised Injection Services: Evidence and Practice @ Online
Jan 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Harm reduction aims to reduce the negative health, social, and economic consequences associated with substance use without necessarily leading to cessation of a substance.

Supervised injection services (SIS) are health-care facilities that provide sterile equipment and a safe space for people to inject pre-obtained drugs under the supervision of nurses or other trained staff. SISs also provide access to nurses and other vital health and social services.

In Canada, there are 30 applications either approved or pending approval, and within Ontario there are 3 facilities currently providing services and another 6 awaiting approval or final inspection.

The objectives of this webinar are:

  • Highlight the results of a systematic review of supervised injection services in Canada and abroad.
  • Understand the outcomes that supervised injection services have at the level of the individual and the community.
  • Illustrate the day to day operation of a supervised injection services to understand how health and social services are provided.

Presenters:

  • Mary Clare Kennedy, MA, PhD (cand) – University of British Columbia
  • Tim Gauthier – Insite Vancouver

This webinar is hosted by the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario.

Jan
31
Wed
Student Drug Use in Ontario: Results of the 2017 OSDUHS Survey @ Online
Jan 31 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Youth substance use and addiction is a priority within Ontario. The webinar will focus on the substance use findings from the 2017 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS).

Although rates of substance use have declined among youth, key issues such as alcohol, cannabis and tobacco use continue to be a concern. Many sectors, including health, justice, and education, have a role to play in addressing these issues.

The findings of the OSDUHS can help educators, public health professionals, policy-makers, and other youth-serving professionals understand drug use trends as a way to inform related activities and services.

This webinar will:

  • Introduce the 2017 OSDUHS drug use results;
  • Discuss key trends of drug use among Ontario students;
  • Hear from panel OSDUHS researchers and from a CAMH clinical expert

This webinar is hosted by the CAMH Provincial System Support Program.

Building Strengths-Based Resilience in Students @ Online
Jan 31 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Promoting mental health encourages the development of resilience. The reverse is also true: promoting resilience leads to better mental health. As resilience involves being able to recover from difficulties or change—to function as well as before and then move forward – students who are resilient can effectively cope with, or adapt to, stress and challenging life situations.

Strengths-based resilience is designed to help students develop resilience, to equip them with knowledge, and then to use their strengths in difficult times.

Presenters:
Dr. Tayyab Rashid is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Health & Wellness Centre, and an associate faculty in the graduate psychological clinical science program at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)

This webinar is a collaboration between the University of Toronto Scarborough and CICMH.

Feb
7
Wed
The Fountain of Health Initiative for Optimal Aging – An Innovative Approach for Mental Health Promotion @ Online
Feb 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Join this webinar to learn more about the Fountain of Health Initiative for Optimal Aging which is one of the first educational initiatives of its kind in the world.

The Fountain of Health (FoH) translates current science of healthy aging, wellbeing and resilience, and offers practical tools to improve health outcomes over the lifespan – for use by the public and by clinicians. Presenters will be discussing the importance of raising awareness about the science of healthy aging, and practical steps to promote health over the life span.

Who should attend: Seniors, researchers, policy makers, community workers and practitioners, health care professionals and caregivers with an interest in seniors mental health promotion and learning more about the Fountain of Health Initiative.

At the end of this webinar, participants will:

  • be knowledgeable about the Fountain of Health (FoH) Initiative for Optimal Aging, a national initiative to promote seniors’ mental health, wellness, and health behaviour change across the lifespan;
  • appreciate the current science of healthy aging translated in the FoH to the public and healthcare providers, to shift negative age stereotypes and the “pathological aging” paradigm;
  • be familiar with the range of Fountain of Health tools available for use by the public, patients and clinicians in your practice.

This webinar is hosted by CHNET-Works! and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Feb
15
Thu
CMHA Niagara’s Women and Wellness @ Club Roma
Feb 15 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Women and Wellness is an educational fundraiser designed to entertain and inform guests on issues related to mental health.

All proceeds support CMHA Niagara’s Walk-In Counselling program (offered in Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, and now St. Catharines).

Ann Dowsett Johnston, five-time National Magazine Award winner and author of “Drink”, will share her personal story of mental health and addiction as this year’s Keynote Speaker.

The event will also feature a panel and will be emceed by Ruth Unrau, Focus Coach. Raffle and penny sale tickets are available for a variety of fantastic prizes!

This event is hosted by CMHA Niagara.

Feb
21
Wed
SafeTALK Training @ TBA
Feb 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

SafeTALK is a 3.5 hour workshop where you will learn:

  • To be a suicide alert helper
  • To be aware that opportunities to help a person with thoughts of suicide are sometimes missed, dismissed and avoided
  • To use TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep Safe) and activate a suicide alert
  • How and where to connect persons with thoughts of suicide to further help and care

To register to attend, please request a registration form by email.

This training is hosted by Distress Centre Niagara.

Mar
28
Wed
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) @ TBA
Mar 28 @ 8:30 am – Mar 29 @ 4:30 pm

ASIST is a two-day workshop that provides practical training for caregivers seeking to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Distress Centre hosts ASIST workshops throughout the year.

Participants in the workshop learn how to:

  • Recognize invitations to help.
  • Reach out and offer support.
  • Review the risk of suicide.
  • Apply a suicide intervention model.
  • Link people with community resources.

This workshop is hosted by Distress Centre Niagara.

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Jan
30
Tue
Supervised Injection Services: Evidence and Practice @ Online
Jan 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Harm reduction aims to reduce the negative health, social, and economic consequences associated with substance use without necessarily leading to cessation of a substance.

Supervised injection services (SIS) are health-care facilities that provide sterile equipment and a safe space for people to inject pre-obtained drugs under the supervision of nurses or other trained staff. SISs also provide access to nurses and other vital health and social services.

In Canada, there are 30 applications either approved or pending approval, and within Ontario there are 3 facilities currently providing services and another 6 awaiting approval or final inspection.

The objectives of this webinar are:

  • Highlight the results of a systematic review of supervised injection services in Canada and abroad.
  • Understand the outcomes that supervised injection services have at the level of the individual and the community.
  • Illustrate the day to day operation of a supervised injection services to understand how health and social services are provided.

Presenters:

  • Mary Clare Kennedy, MA, PhD (cand) – University of British Columbia
  • Tim Gauthier – Insite Vancouver

This webinar is hosted by the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario.

Jan
31
Wed
Student Drug Use in Ontario: Results of the 2017 OSDUHS Survey @ Online
Jan 31 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Youth substance use and addiction is a priority within Ontario. The webinar will focus on the substance use findings from the 2017 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS).

Although rates of substance use have declined among youth, key issues such as alcohol, cannabis and tobacco use continue to be a concern. Many sectors, including health, justice, and education, have a role to play in addressing these issues.

The findings of the OSDUHS can help educators, public health professionals, policy-makers, and other youth-serving professionals understand drug use trends as a way to inform related activities and services.

This webinar will:

  • Introduce the 2017 OSDUHS drug use results;
  • Discuss key trends of drug use among Ontario students;
  • Hear from panel OSDUHS researchers and from a CAMH clinical expert

This webinar is hosted by the CAMH Provincial System Support Program.

Building Strengths-Based Resilience in Students @ Online
Jan 31 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Promoting mental health encourages the development of resilience. The reverse is also true: promoting resilience leads to better mental health. As resilience involves being able to recover from difficulties or change—to function as well as before and then move forward – students who are resilient can effectively cope with, or adapt to, stress and challenging life situations.

Strengths-based resilience is designed to help students develop resilience, to equip them with knowledge, and then to use their strengths in difficult times.

Presenters:
Dr. Tayyab Rashid is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Health & Wellness Centre, and an associate faculty in the graduate psychological clinical science program at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)

This webinar is a collaboration between the University of Toronto Scarborough and CICMH.

Feb
7
Wed
The Fountain of Health Initiative for Optimal Aging – An Innovative Approach for Mental Health Promotion @ Online
Feb 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Join this webinar to learn more about the Fountain of Health Initiative for Optimal Aging which is one of the first educational initiatives of its kind in the world.

The Fountain of Health (FoH) translates current science of healthy aging, wellbeing and resilience, and offers practical tools to improve health outcomes over the lifespan – for use by the public and by clinicians. Presenters will be discussing the importance of raising awareness about the science of healthy aging, and practical steps to promote health over the life span.

Who should attend: Seniors, researchers, policy makers, community workers and practitioners, health care professionals and caregivers with an interest in seniors mental health promotion and learning more about the Fountain of Health Initiative.

At the end of this webinar, participants will:

  • be knowledgeable about the Fountain of Health (FoH) Initiative for Optimal Aging, a national initiative to promote seniors’ mental health, wellness, and health behaviour change across the lifespan;
  • appreciate the current science of healthy aging translated in the FoH to the public and healthcare providers, to shift negative age stereotypes and the “pathological aging” paradigm;
  • be familiar with the range of Fountain of Health tools available for use by the public, patients and clinicians in your practice.

This webinar is hosted by CHNET-Works! and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Feb
15
Thu
CMHA Niagara’s Women and Wellness @ Club Roma
Feb 15 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Women and Wellness is an educational fundraiser designed to entertain and inform guests on issues related to mental health.

All proceeds support CMHA Niagara’s Walk-In Counselling program (offered in Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, and now St. Catharines).

Ann Dowsett Johnston, five-time National Magazine Award winner and author of “Drink”, will share her personal story of mental health and addiction as this year’s Keynote Speaker.

The event will also feature a panel and will be emceed by Ruth Unrau, Focus Coach. Raffle and penny sale tickets are available for a variety of fantastic prizes!

This event is hosted by CMHA Niagara.

Feb
21
Wed
SafeTALK Training @ TBA
Feb 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

SafeTALK is a 3.5 hour workshop where you will learn:

  • To be a suicide alert helper
  • To be aware that opportunities to help a person with thoughts of suicide are sometimes missed, dismissed and avoided
  • To use TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep Safe) and activate a suicide alert
  • How and where to connect persons with thoughts of suicide to further help and care

To register to attend, please request a registration form by email.

This training is hosted by Distress Centre Niagara.

Mar
28
Wed
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) @ TBA
Mar 28 @ 8:30 am – Mar 29 @ 4:30 pm

ASIST is a two-day workshop that provides practical training for caregivers seeking to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Distress Centre hosts ASIST workshops throughout the year.

Participants in the workshop learn how to:

  • Recognize invitations to help.
  • Reach out and offer support.
  • Review the risk of suicide.
  • Apply a suicide intervention model.
  • Link people with community resources.

This workshop is hosted by Distress Centre Niagara.

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