Category: Mental Health

ACT Transition Readiness Scale (ATR©) Pilot Community of Practice to support recovery and transition

This forum supports Assertive Community Treatment Teams (ACTT) and others interested in client transition and recovery process to share our practice and support the development of new ones.  It centres around the use of The Assertive Community Treatment Transition Readiness Scale© (ATR)developed by Gary Cuddeback, University of North Carolina, a brief and user friendly assessment (available also in French) that can support team and client decision making on transition from ACTT.

Please visit the Community of Practice (CoP) at: , then go to Forums

“EENet Connect is an online community where members of Ontario’s mental health and addictions system can create profiles, share knowledge, and collaborate more effectively with one another. The community reinforces existing relationships, while allowing new connections to take root and grow. “


Conference on Sexual Violence & Intersectionality

From the Sexual Assault Support Centre 

At the Intersections– Sexual Violence & Intersectionality

At the Intersections will be a one-day conference consisting of panel discussions & workshops that will focus on increase accessibility to all survivors of sexual violence who experience intersecting marginalizations.

When: June 26th, 2017

Where: City Hall Ottawa – 110 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1

Time: 8-4pm

Registration: Free

*Limited Space* 

Learn more here:

SWAG spotlights new avenues of research by Marjorie Silverman on carers and caregiving

SWAG wind up until Fall meeting, from Beverlee McIntosh – “Please RSVP so we know how many are coming!! Its always a nice evening of networking, socializing and education. PLEASE join us!”

THURSDAY MAY 11TH 6:30 to 9 PM


Theme: Spotlight on new avenues of Research on Carers and Caregiving

Marjorie Silverman

Speaker: Marjorie Silverman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor,
School of Social Work, University of Ottawa

The projects examine the everyday life experiences of carers, one from the perspective of young adults caring for older adults, and the other from the perspective of carers of people with dementia. The greater part of the presentation will focus on the experiences of carers of people with dementia in their neighbourhoods and communities. While there is growing interest in the topic of ‘dementia-friendly’ communities, there has been little Canadian research to date. What are carers’ social, relational, and practical experiences of their neighbourhoods? How are they being supported locally? Where do they go and why? Professor Silverman will talk about the innovative methods she is using to try to answer these questions. She will also share some preliminary findings, in particular as they relate to the topic of walks and the multiple purposes of local walks for carers.




Hors D’eouvres   6:30 -Talk will start shortly after 7PM

Mental health and human rights: What have human rights ever done for me?

From Christopher Snowdon, author and freelance journalist @Sectioned_, service user and (micro)blogger

You’ll often see me banging on on twitter about human rights (often using the hashtag #humanrights). Why have I got such a bee in my bonnet about human rights? Aren’t they just for journalists locked up in foreign jails, prisoners banned from voting or from being sent books, refugees? Aren’t they just about freedom of expression, torture, death row inmates? And why do they even matter if the government scraps the Human Rights Act, as we’ve heard the Conservative party propose recently? These are all important questions. … (go to rest of article below)

Human Rights Act 1988 Articles BIHR

Source: Mental health and human rights: What have human rights ever done for me?

Film on the music and stories by those who live on the streets of Toronto

From the Wrench and the Alliance to End Homelessness

April 5, 2017 7:00 PM

arts court, 2 Daly Street

LOWDOWN TRACKS: Wednesday, at Arts Court Theatre , Ottawa
Carleton Cinema Politica is proud to present, in association with the Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa and The Wrench, the award-winning film Lowdown Tracks on April 5th, 2017.
Inspired by depression-era folk songs, filmmaker Shelley Saywell and singer and activist Lorraine Segato set out to document the music and stories of those who live on the margins of society and bare their souls through their songs on the streets of Toronto. They have created Lowdown Tracks, an acclaimed documentary film, celebrating the music and stories of those living on the margins.
Voted top Canadian Audience Choice award at Hot Docs in 2015! 
As our homeless crisis grows, life on the margins threatens more and more people. The causes, from abuse to mental health to simple bad luck, are all touched on in the film. At its heart, Lowdown Tracks is about bringing into focus the heartache and the beautiful potential we should see when we walk by someone on the street. In the end, it is a celebration of the power of music and survival.
“Lowdown Tracks is so important because it injects hope, purpose and creates a sense of urgency to the work we’re doing and rallies people to take action. And action is the name of the game. The 20,000 Homes campaign is a catalyst for action. Lowdown Tracks is the spark.” – Tim Richter (President & CEO Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness & 20,000 Homes Campaign)
Lowdown Tracks dir. Shelley Saywell | Canada | 2015 | 86 mins
Pay-What-You-Can | donations are welcome | CDs will be available for purchase Lowdown Tracks is co-presented by the Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa

Report examines the Canadian government’s campaign to legalize cannabis for recreational use

From Mike Devillaer who posted in

My report, Cannabis Law Reform: Pretense & Perils has just been released through the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research at McMaster University and St. Josephs Healthcare Hamilton.

The report examines the Canadian government’s campaign to legalize cannabis for recreational use. The government’s stated case is that the contraband trade poses a serious threat to cannabis users (including ‘kids’), and that a legal, regulated industry will provide protection. This report draws upon research on the contraband trade, our established legal drug industries (alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceutical), and government efforts to regulate these industries. This investigation concludes that the government’s case, on all counts, is weak. It’s depiction of the contraband cannabis trade amounts to little more than unsubstantiated, vestigial reefer madness  that was used for so long to resist reform from prohibition to decriminalization.  At the same time that hundreds of thousands of (mostly young) Canadians were receiving criminal records for minor possession-related offenses, our legal drug industries engaged in a relentless, indiscriminate, and sometimes illegal, pursuit of revenue with substantial harm to the public’s health and to the Canadian economy. Early indications warn that an ambitious cannabis industry is on a similar trajectory. These industries continue to be enabled by permissive and ineffective regulatory oversight by government.

Cannabis Law Reform in Canada: Pretense and Perils recommends immediate decriminalization of minor cannabis-related offenses. It also supports the legalization of cannabis for recreational use, but strongly asserts that the prevailing profit-driven, poorly-regulated paradigm is a dangerous one. The legalization of cannabis in Canada provides an opportunity to try a different approach – a not-for-profit cannabis authority – functioning with a genuine public health priority.

See Report here:


Book focus’ on housing, citizenship and community life for people living with serious mental illness

From CRECS enewsletter

CRECS invites you to the launch of a new book:  Housing, Citizenship, and Communities for People with Serious Mental Illness: Theory, Research and Policy Perspectives.

Edited by John Sylvestre, Geoffrey Nelson, and Tim Aubry.

Housing, Citizenship, and Communities for People with Serious Mental Illness provides the first comprehensive overview of the field. The book covers theory, research, practice, and policy issues related to the provision of housing and the supports that people rely on to get and keep their housing. A special focus is given to issues of citizenship and community life as key outcomes for people with serious mental illness who live in community housing. The book is grounded in the values, research traditions, and conceptual tools of community psychology. This provides a unique lens through which to view the field. It emphasizes housing not only as a component of community mental health systems but also as an instrument for promoting citizenship, social inclusion, social justice, and the empowerment of marginalized people. It serves as a resource for researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers looking for up-to-date reviews and perspectives on this field, as well as a sourcebook for current and future research and practice trends.

March 8, 2017. 3:30 pm to 5:30 PM
Alex Trebek Alumni Hall
– 155 Séraphin-Marion Private
RSVP here.

book info: