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Significant Victory for Nova Scotians With Intellectual Disabilities

Today, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has paved the road to addressing the human rights of thousands of Nova Scotians with disabilities who continue to languish in institutions or in community without support.


Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health Launches 2021 Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW)

The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health is proud to launch the 2021 Mental Illness Awareness Week on October 3, 2021.


Adults With Disabilities Have Worse Mental Health During COVID-19

Adults with disabilities are disproportionately affected by adverse mental health symptoms and substance use during COVID-19, according to research published in the Aug. 27 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.


Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health Announces 2021 Champions of Mental Health

OTTAWA-August 18, 2021-The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) is pleased to announce this year’s winners of the Champions of Mental Health Awards.

The annual awards campaign recognizes seven exceptional Canadians who have worked to advance the mental health agenda in Canada.

These remarkable individuals were nominated by their peers, colleagues, and community members. A CAMIMH selection committee, comprised of representatives from health and social care provider organizations, and organizations that represent people with mental illness, their families and caregivers, reviewed the submissions.

This year’s winners are:

  • 1) The Sharon Johnston Champion of Mental Health Award for Youth – Hani Rukh E Qamar (MontrĂ© al, QC)
  • 2) Media – Leigh Bursey (Brockville, ON)

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In this Issue

Seeing The Unseen: Nonvisible Disability

As someone who experiences chronic pain, my appearance doesn’t always explicitly notify others I’m feeling unwell. Sometimes, this can look like me smiling through what hurts while telling those who ask, “I’m doing fine.” It can also result in a trip to the emergency room in an effort to try and overcome an incessant bout of pain


Violation of Ontario Human RIGHTS!

June 27, 2021

Ontario Human Rights Commission:

After extensive research I am learning that Ontario young adults between 20 and 64 are being denied OHIP funded services at our private Physiotherapy Clinics for the following Groups of People:

New Service Offers One-Stop Help to Connect Kids With Mental Health Care

Author of the article: Taylor Blewett
Publishing date: Jun 14, 2021

Kids’ mental health has been front of mind during the pandemic. A new service will simplify the search for mental health care in the region.

A groundbreaking new resource is available in eastern Ontario to help de-mystify and de-stress the process of finding accessible, appropriate mental health or addiction services for a child or youth in need.

Instead of scrolling for help on Google, alone at home, or repeatedly rehashing their stories to new providers only to find out they don’t qualify for a particular service, young people and their families can now phone or visit in new window/tab)

Health of Canadians With Disabilities Suffering During the Pandemic

A new study led by UBC researchers and the Ontario-based Abilities Centre is sounding the alarm over the damaging effects of COVID-19 for Canadians with disabilities.


The Disabled Doctors Not Believed by Their Colleagues

When I was 15, I described what turned out to be the neurological symptoms of mental illness to my doctor. I told him I couldn’t do schoolwork, feel the cold, or understand a book. He suggested I go on walks if I was stressed.

This breakdown in communication, in which patient and doctor seem to live in different worlds, is well-documented by disabled people. Many feel they have to translate their experience, because disability and medical structures seem incompatible.