‘A world where mental illness is seen in the same light as all other illnesses in Ontario.’

city_scope_logo-cmykAt the end of July, we wrote about Dennis Kalichuk and his retirement.
After delivering his last letter for Canada Post, he eschewed typical retirement pastimes like golf and fishing in favour of starting a movement.
As per his vision, “a movement and official petition to ask the Ontario government for immediate and sweeping changes to the way that Ontario deals with issues and problems of homelessness, mental health and addictions.”
Remember, this was at the very end of July.
Not three months later – this past Thursday (Oct. 7) to be exact – there’s Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek standing up at Queen’s Park to present Kalichuk’s petition to members.
He referred to Kalichuk “as recently retired and he’s making Ontario a better place.”

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Together Strong – Making a Difference, a conference on suicide prevention and child/youth mental illness

Together Strong – Making a Difference is a joint conference presented by The Ontario Association for Suicide Prevention and Parents for Children’s Mental Health.

The conference will be held in London, Ontario on April 15th and 16th at the University of Western Ontario, Engineering Department and The Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre. The conference will feature guest presentations including Eric Windeler whose lost his son to suicide and has started the The Jack Project as a result of his son’s loss. Personal stories of loss and triumph will be featured as well as workshops/presentations by leading experts in the field of Suicide and Child and Youth Mental Illness including Dr. Ian Manion, Dr. Simon Davidson, Dr. Jennifer Brasch, and many more. A feature panel will discuss the role of media in reporting suicide and dealing with the stigma of mental illness and will feature CTV Reporter Natalie Pierosara.

The conference will also feature a Gala Event with guest and keynote speaker – “Canada’s Sweetheart” Elizabeth Manley.

Anyone with an interest in child and youth mental health and suicide prevention is encouraged to attend this conference with a strong line-up of presenters and networking opportunities to increase our capacity to strengthen and build resilience in all those who suffer from mental illness.

For conference posterclick here