As the cold and snow of winter sinks in, Ontarians may find themselves lacking energy as the days grow shorter. Research in Ontario suggests that 15 per cent of the general population have experienced the winter blues, which can include changes in appetite and lethargy. The winter blues differs from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, […]Continue readingTips to kick the winter blues
The government of Ontario announced a province-wide lockdown on December 21 that will go into effect on at midnight on Boxing Day (Saturday, Dec. 26). These lockdown measures will be in effect for 14 days in northern Ontario and 28 days in southern Ontario and will be subject to evaluation to determine if measures need […]Continue readingCOVID-19: UPDATE ON OUR SERVICES
New nationwide survey finds Ontarians’ mental health eroding [Ottawa, Ontario] (December 3, 2020) – The second wave of the pandemic has intensified feelings of stress and anxiety, causing alarming levels of despair, suicidal thoughts and hopelessness in the Ontario population. This is according to the newest wave of data collected through a nationwide monitoring survey […]Continue readingDespair and suicidal feelings deepen as pandemic wears on
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is now expanding its BounceBack® program across Canada with support from Bell Let’s Talk. BounceBack is a free, guided self-help program that helps adults and youth 15+ learn to manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. Through telephone coaching and skill-building workbooks, participants can learn […]Continue readingYou can learn to think and feel better!
CMHA Ottawa joins individuals and organizations worldwide to commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance, an annual observance on November 20 that honours the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. These acts of violence are due to stigma and discrimination against their identity and community. Individuals who identify […]Continue readingCMHA commemorates Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020
BounceBack can help. For those struggling with low mood, worry, stress, or mild to moderate depression or anxiety, you can look to the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA’s) free skill-building program BounceBack®: Reclaim your health. Through one-on-one telephone coaching and online videos offered in multiple languages, adults and youth 15+ learn skills to help manage […]Continue readingFeeling low? Stressed? Anxious?
The not–guilty verdict in the trial of Ottawa Police Constable Daniel Montsion for the death of Abdirahman Abdi serves as a painful reminder that there is a need for systemic change in how we respond to mental health crises in Ottawa, Ontario, and Canada as a whole, especially in cases with racialized individuals, as more […]Continue readingStatement on the acquittal of the officer in the death of Abdirahman Abdi
Housing with supports is key to recovery for many people living with mental health or addictions issues. This is one of the main messages that CMHA Ottawa is sharing with the community to mark World Homeless Day this October 10. Evidence indicates that having a place to call home means a better quality of life […]Continue readingCMHA recognizes World Homeless Day 2020
On October 10, CMHA Ottawa will join international mental health organizations to celebrate World Mental Health Day. World Mental Health Day is supported by the World Health Organization as an important way to raise awareness and advocate for better care for those with mental health issues worldwide. The theme this year is Mental Health for […]Continue readingCMHA recognizes World Mental Health Day 2020
CMHA joins the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) in inviting all individuals and communities to find a way to recognize and support World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) on September 10th. It can be as simple as sending a message to those who are in despair, those who are grieving, and those who are supporting someone […]Continue readingCMHA recognizes World Suicide Prevention Day 2020