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Community Consultation: A Public Health Approach to Cannabis 9:30 am
Community Consultation: A Public Health Approach to Cannabis @ Rittenhouse Hall, Vineland Research & Innovation Centre
Apr 13 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
The Canadian Public Health Association, with support from Niagara Connects, will be conducting a community consultation in the Niagara region and is looking for input from health and social service providers who are curious about how to respond to cannabis use in their communities. NOTE: Space is limited; registration will be capped at 30 people. The community consultation aims to: Explore and enhance knowledge related to cannabis use and co-use with other substances, including available resources, programs, services and capacity building opportunities. Identify the capacity gaps of service providers as they relate to using data to inform service delivery, harm reduction strategies for cannabis use and organizational and community capacity building strategies. What will your participation involve? As part of the consultation, you will be asked to participate in thoughtful discussions in English with about 20-25 other people. Please note this is a full day consultation. During the consultation, you will have time to reflect on cannabis, harm reduction, health promotion, monitoring and surveillance and capacity building in your community. Information gathered will be anonymized and not attributable to individuals. A summary of findings will be provided to the participants. Light breakfast, coffee, and lunch are included in this free event! Free parking is available in front of the building. Click here to view the VRIC Campus map. Please note that there are limited spaces available, and therefore best if agencies could limit the number (1) of representatives that they send to the consultation. Both managers and front line staff...
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The Power of Nature and Children and Youth Mental Health 11:00 am
The Power of Nature and Children and Youth Mental Health @ Online
Apr 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
The second webinar in Umind’s “The Power of …” webinar series focusing on complimentary approaches to youth mental health. More details to follow. Michael Cheng is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa, and a psychiatrist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, where he helps families cope with modern society by helping them (re)attach to people, experiences and activities that give purpose, belonging, meaning and hope. He is the co-founder of eMentalHealth.ca, which provides information to families and professionals about mental health and resources. As a parent, he knows first hand the challenge of maintaining genuine, human connection in an increasingly virtual world. This webinar is hosted by Umind.
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Community Overdose Response Planning 1:00 pm
Community Overdose Response Planning @ Online
Apr 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
A public health approach to community overdose response planning works to prevent overdose deaths, promote access to substance use services, and strengthen system responses to promote health equity. This webinar will: Describe the key elements of a community overdose response plan. Introduce tools to assess a community’s current state and overdose response needs. Describe how to develop and implement a community overdose response plan. This webinar is hosted by the CAMH Provincial System Support Program.
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Health Privacy Issues on Campus 12:00 pm
Health Privacy Issues on Campus @ Online
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Clinical and non-clinical staff on campuses across Ontario support students while navigating and respecting their privacy on a daily basis. At times this can lead to questions and confusion. This webinar will provide them with information on: How The Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA) and The Health Care Consent Act, 1996 (HCCA) apply to campuses. How common campus scenarios play out play out under Ontario’s privacy and consent legislation. Presenters: Anna Tersigni Phelan (Chief Privacy, Risk, and Health Information Officer, Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington) Meredith Gardiner (Director of Services, Regional, Canadian Mental Health Association) This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.
Proactive Peer Support: Protecting and Promoting the Wellbeing of First Responders 12:00 pm
Proactive Peer Support: Protecting and Promoting the Wellbeing of First Responders @ Online
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
During this webinar presentation, York Region Paramedic Services will highlight key features of York Region’s Paramedic Peer Support Team including the use of a dedicated peer support vehicle. Specifically, participants will learn about why organizations should consider implementing a peer support program as a proactive way of supporting employees that may be struggling. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about practical on the ground experiences in implementing a peer support program, including: key benefits; success factors and challenges; and tips for other organizations looking at implementing a similar model. Guest Speaker: John Anderson, ACP Superintendent, York Region Paramedic Services This webinar is hosted by York Region Paramedic Services.
SafeTALK Training 6:00 pm
SafeTALK Training
Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 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.
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Apr
25
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Health Privacy Issues on Campus @ Online
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Clinical and non-clinical staff on campuses across Ontario support students while navigating and respecting their privacy on a daily basis. At times this can lead to questions and confusion.

This webinar will provide them with information on:

  • How The Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA) and The Health Care Consent Act, 1996 (HCCA) apply to campuses.
  • How common campus scenarios play out play out under Ontario’s privacy and consent legislation.

Presenters:

  • Anna Tersigni Phelan (Chief Privacy, Risk, and Health Information Officer, Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington)
  • Meredith Gardiner (Director of Services, Regional, Canadian Mental Health Association)

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

Proactive Peer Support: Protecting and Promoting the Wellbeing of First Responders @ Online
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

During this webinar presentation, York Region Paramedic Services will highlight key features of York Region’s Paramedic Peer Support Team including the use of a dedicated peer support vehicle.

Specifically, participants will learn about why organizations should consider implementing a peer support program as a proactive way of supporting employees that may be struggling.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about practical on the ground experiences in implementing a peer support program, including:

  • key benefits;
  • success factors and challenges; and
  • tips for other organizations looking at implementing a similar model.

Guest Speaker:
John Anderson, ACP
Superintendent, York Region Paramedic Services

This webinar is hosted by York Region Paramedic Services.

SafeTALK Training
Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 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.

May
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Creating the Roadmap to a Campus Mental Health Strategy @ Online
May 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Everywhere you turn there seems to be a reminder of the importance of developing and integrating a campus mental health strategy; yet, for many, the destination seems far way and even overwhelming.

Learn about practical principles that can be applied to diverse campus environments, and hear from two experienced campus community members as they highlight key learnings from their own campus journeys through facilitated (virtual) breakout rooms.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Andrew Szeto, Director of the Campus Mental Health Strategy at the University of Calgary
  • Chris Balmer, Project Lead for the development of Camosun College’s Student Mental Health and Well-Being Strategy

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

May
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1980’s Dance Party Fundraiser for the Willow Community @ Armenian Community Centre
May 5 @ 8:00 pm

Saturday, May 5th, 2018 will be another epic night of live 80s music, costumes, hairspray, amazing prizes, dancing, and so much more.

Come together to raise money for The Willow Community: a non-profit arts organization that provides free art classes to individuals with lived experience of mental health and/or addictions. 100% of the proceeds will go directly into funding their programming.

Tickets go on sale in March 2018 at Out of the Past and will also be available at the door. Check out the event page on Facebook for prizes and announcements. You won’t want to miss this awesome night!

This event is hosted by The Willow Community.

May
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The Power of Animals, Nature and Sports for Youth Mental Health @ Online
May 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The 3rd webinar in Umind’s “The Power of …” webinar series focusing on complimentary approaches to youth mental health. Hear how Ranch Ehrlo in Saskatchewan incorporates animals, nature, and sports into their work with children and youth.

The Power of… Sports: Sport Venture’s goal is simple – everyone plays. Through removing barriers to community sport and recreation activities, Sport Venture provides preventative services to help foster a sense of belonging and engagement for vulnerable children, youth and families in our community. Amanda Snell, Program Manager, will share details of the Sport Venture program.

The Power of…Animals: Amanda Snell, Youth Care Leader will discuss the goals and outcomes of Ranch Ehrlo’s Equine Assisted Learning Program.

The Power of…Nature: Kevin Mugford, Director of Residential Services at the Ranch will speak to the administrative structure of Ranch Ehrlo’s camping program, camping sites and programming available to their youth. Brittany Acorn, Unit Manager will speak to the process of creating a successful camp trip from start to finish.

This webinar is hosted by Umind.

May
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Campus Suicide Prevention and Postvention, Part II @ Online
May 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This webinar is a follow-up to March webinar where presenters looked at high-level guidelines for handling suicide postvention on campus.

This session will offer specific examples of policies from campuses that have established prevention and postvention strategies.

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

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