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MOMH-TO February 2016 Newsletter


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Claire Fainer in white shirt standing near a windowFebruary 2016  Update – Claire Fainer, Executive Director, East Metro Youth Services

February is one of the shortest months of the year so I’ll keep our February update suitably brief. I know we are all very busy with our year-end processes.

First, I am looking forward to seeing all of you at our next Moving on Mental Health – Toronto meetings at the Centre for Social Innovation, March 3, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Please advise Alisha Singh of your attendance if you have not done so already.

As I shared at the Ministry of Children and Youth Services press conference on Jan. 22, I believe we are – right now – in an extraordinary moment.  In addition to the significant increase in public discourse around mental health and well being, there is also a commitment to investment and indeed, a provincial commitment to system-wide transformation.

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Year 1 in Review – ‘We Couldn’t Have Done It Without You’ – Roberta Bustard, Director, Lead Agency Strategy, East Metro Youth Services

One year ago this month, EMYS was named the Toronto Lead Agency tasked with the implementation of the Ontario government’s Moving on Mental Health (MOMH) action plan. To tackle this unprecedented challenge, we decided to adopt the Collective Impact Framework approach to the work. We saw this as the best mechanism to support close collaboration with our fellow agency partners to ensure the wisdom, experience and knowledge of our sector is harnessed to help transform Toronto’s infant, child and youth mental health system.

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Ontario Announces $6 Million to Support Investment in Community-Based Child and Youth Mental Health Services

Debbie Schatia, Turning Point executive director, Claire Fainer, EMYS executive director, Alexandra Johne, parent advocate and outreach worker, joined the Ministry of Children and Youth Services team, Minister Kevin Flynn for the announcement of new funding for child and youth mental health. Check out the recap video of the event.

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Ontario’s New Funding Fuels ‘what’s up’ Walk In® Expansion

The ‘what’s up’ Walk In® network of mental health walk-in clinics is growing.

‘what’s up’ Walk In® Clinics are currently available in the GTA via East Metro Youth Services and partner agencies Yorktown Child and Family Centre, Oolagen Youth Mental Health and Etobicoke Children’s Centre. A new member – the Griffin Centre – will establish a new walk-in site in North York which is poised to launch officially in March 2016.

This expansion is funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services which recently announced an additional $6 million in local mental health services across Ontario to help an estimated additional 4,000 children and youth, and their families each year.

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Community Submission: Premier Wynne apologizes to Franco-Ontarians, by Lise Marie Baudry, Directrice générale / Executive Director, Centre francophone de Toronto

A formal apology was delivered on February 22, 2016, to the Franco-Ontarian community from the Government of Ontario. Premier Wynne recognized that a 1912 regulation banning the teaching of French ‘’showed a disregard for Franco-Ontarian identity and equality’’. The regulation was enforced for 15 years and only repealed in the 1940s. It made it illegal for teachers to speak French in their classroom and pushed the teaching of French underground, literally. Illegal schools set up in church basements and were raided by police.

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News & Events

February – Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Black History Month
2016 marks the 20th anniversary since Black History Month was first officially celebrated by the Government of Canada.

The month-long celebration was formally recognized following a motion introduced in the House of Commons by the first black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine.
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Bell Let’s Talk

A new Bell Let’s Talk Day record was made this past month with 125,915,295 calls, texts, tweets and shares – and $6,295,764.75 raised for Canadian mental health. 

According to Bell, over the 28.5 hour period between midnight Newfoundland time and midnight Pacific time, Bell Let’s Talk Day 2016 tallied 125,915,295 total interactions, including wireless calls, long distance calls and texts by Bell customers, and tweets and Facebook shares supporting Bell Let’s Talk by people around Canada and worldwide. That’s a 3.1% increase over the 122,150,772 total interactions on Bell Let’s Talk Day 2015. With Bell’s donation of 5 cents per interaction, at no extra charge to participants, that’s $6,295,764.75 more for Canadian mental health programs.

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Logo for the Krista Sepp Memorial AwardsCall for Nominations – Krista Sepp Memorial Awards

2016 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Krista Sepp Memorial Awards.

These Awards recognize and honour the work of direct service staff working in the child and youth care field. The awards committee wants to hear from our community about how we should celebrate the 25th anniversary.

The Krista Sepp Memorial Awards are held each year to honour the work of child and youth workers/counsellors in Ontario and are a meaningful celebration for all child and youth service agencies across the province. The Awards were established by Kinark in 1991 to honour the memory of Krista Sepp, who lost her life on February 3, 1989, while performing her duties as a child and youth worker (CYW).

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Call for Participants: Triple ‘P’ Positive Parents Group

Location: Youthlink, 747 Warden Avenue

Call for interested parents to participate in a Triple P parenting group every Tuesday from 11 am -1 pm. The evening group is already full but anyone interested in the next round of evening groups later in spring can get on the waitlist for it by calling intake at  416-967-1773, ext. 222.

Training Corner

Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Trauma Creative Solutions With Children and Youth

Monday, February 29, 2016 – 09:00 a.m. to Tuesday, March 1, 2016 4:00 p.m.

Location: The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre Gail Appel Institute

The respectful, collaborative tone of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) makes it especially well-suited to therapy with people who have been impacted by a traumatic event. Inviting children and youth affected by trauma to use their gifts of creativity to solve their problems and amplify their own solutions makes therapy effective, client-centered, and often times briefer in duration.

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Suicide Risk Assessment Seminar

Friday, March 18, 2016 – 9:00 a.m.  to 12:00 p.m.

A free half-day seminar on suicide risk assessment. This would also be an opportunity for staff to network with colleagues from other case management agencies. Each seminar will be limited to 16 participants.

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Lighter Side

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Thought of the day

“Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.”

~George Sand