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Issue 583 / December 6, 2018

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For PWLE (people with lived experience) of mental health and addictions, last week’s announcement of social assistance reform may have significance in one potential change – how the province intends to define the term “disability” in the future.

Please read the OPDI statement and background here.

 Report on OPDI Conference "Peer Support is Blossoming Everywhere"

Please read the report including the evaluations from our conference.  

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Ontario Newsroom

Ontario's Government News Release on Health Infrastructure Investments in West Niagara

GRIMSBY — Ontario's Government for the People is supporting infrastructure investments that will ensure patients and families have access to the health care they need in West Niagara.​
Income Security

Working while on OW: What Minister MacLeod’s changes to income exemptions would mean

Substance Use

Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer Health Professional Forum on New Cannabis Toolkit to Educate Health Professionals

The Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) Health Professional Forum, which comprises 18 national health organizations, is working with partners to ensure health professionals are well-equipped to provide Canadians with credible and evidence-based information and advice on the use of non-medical cannabis since its legalization and regulation.


Pot has promise in treating pain, opioid addiction, Western research finds

Prof. Steven Laviolette, a neuroscientist at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, is zeroing in on how two compounds in marijuana – tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) – may help the brain “unlearn” the addiction process.


Free nicotine patches by mail may help smokers quit

The finding didn't surprise one expert in lung health, Dr. Len Horovitz.

"Sometimes smokers simply need access to help and a jumpstart." 

Editor's note: Despite the fact that this may be tangible news for people with whom we work, who are often also cigarette smokers, it also makes me wonder, how we can provide "access" and a "jumpstart" in other ways.

Health at Work

Workers’ compensation board denies over 90 per cent of chronic mental stress claims, audit shows

The provincial workers’ compensation board has denied 94 per cent of chronic mental stress cases since new legislation extended benefits coverage to employees experiencing long-term trauma or harassment on the job, according to an internal Workplace Safety and Insurance Board audit obtained by the Star.


Lived Experience

Now Mental Health Patients Can Specify Their Care Before Hallucinations and Voices Overwhelm Them

Psychiatric advance directives allow patients with serious mental illness to specify the treatment they want if they become too sick to say so.

Note: The language in the title of this article reflects the language of the original article. The content of the article is American and "Mental Health Patient" is more pervasive terminology. 
Further note: If you have trouble accessing the article due to article read limitations, try clearing your browser cache


Social Approaches to Health Literacy: Resoures

Download the resources (doc)

Mental Health May Benefit from Face-to-Face Social Contact – But Not Online

In-person social contact may help buffer against symptoms of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but the same is not true of contact on Facebook, according to a new study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders.​
Call for Presentations

Call for Presentations

Addictions and Mental Health Ontario Conference
Deadline Jan 4, 2019
Info and application

Raising Awareness of HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorder (HAD)

Tuesday, December 11, 2018


This webinar will teach practical strategies to support clients with HIV, neurocognitive impairments, and mental health challenges



Tenure-Track Assistant Professor - Health Sciences
Wilfrid Laurier University 
Deadline Friday, December 7
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Indigenous Harm Reduction Worker
Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy - Toronto, ON 
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Peer Group Facilitators – Purchase of Service
Interim Place - Mississauga, ON
We require 6 Peer Group Facilitators to participate on an advisory committee, develop a curriculum and co-facilitate a support group for women who have experienced violence for 12 weeks.
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Peer Support Worker
CAMH Toronto
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Peer Initiatives Manager
Stella's Place - Toronto, ON
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Outreach Coordinator
Bereaved Families of Ontario - Midwestern Region -Kitchener, ON
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Peer Specialist
Penbrook Regional Hospital - Crisis Team
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Manager - Community Programs, Peer Engagement, and Volunteers
Fife House Foundation​ - Toronto
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Indigenous Provincial Community Development Coordinator
Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy - Toronto, ON​
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Harm Reduction Worker
Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy - London, ON​
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"From Madhouse To Our House"


January 9, 2019
Why the Definition of “Disability” in Social Assistance Matters to PWLE in Ontario

Ontarians head into the New Year, more than a month since the November 22nd press conference that outlined social assistance changes. Apart from remarks by the Minister at that time that any…

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