Reflections From the 2013 CGMHN Conference: MEntal Health Nursing...A Journey of Collaboration, Culture & Change

CFMHN Conference Kelowna, B.C. 2013

By: Angela McNabb, RN

This year’s CFMHN conference was held in beautiful Kelowna, B. C. and I would like to thank the MHNIG for supporting my attendance at this wonderful event and to share some of the conference highlights with you. The theme of the conference for 2013 was “Mental Health Nursing…A Journey of Collaboration, Culture & Change” and the event truly lived up to it’s title!

Restraint Reduction Task Force

By: Stacey Roles RN, MScN and Dr. Albert P. Gouge C. Psych.              

2013 MHNIG Membership Survey: The Results Are In!!

In 2012, the Mental Health Nursing Interest Group Executive met over a weekend to a conduct strategic planning exercise for 2013-2015. Strengths, trends, opportunities for networking and partnership, engagement strategies as well as potential initiatives were discussed.


The following four goals were identified for 2012-2015:

CNS - OSI Clinic

The Operational Stress Injury Clinic is part of a larger network of clinics across Canada and is designed to provide ambulatory services to veterans, members of the Canadian Forces and the RCMP. An operational stress injury is any persistent psychological difficulty resulting from operational duties performed while serving in the Canadian military or RCMP. This describes a broad range of problems which include diagnosed medical conditions such as anxiety disorders, depression, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as other conditions which may interfere with daily functioning.

Membership Survey 2013

Dear Member,

In November 2012, the Mental Health Nursing Interest Group (MHNIG) Executive convened to develop a Strategic Plan for 2013-2015. At this time, the Executive would like to invite MHNIG Membership to participate in a feedback process in a form of a survey. Your feedback is essential and will inform the top priorities for the MHNIG as well as future initiatives led by its members.

The 3rd Annual CURA Conference

You are cordially invited to attend the 3rd Annual CURA Conference Poverty & Social Inclusion to be held on Wednesday October 23, 2013 to Thursday October 24, 2013 9:00am to 4:30pm Registration and Continental Breakfast starts at 8:30am Lunch will be provided Best Western Lamplighter Hotel 591 Wellington Road London, Ontario N6C 4R3 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Patrick Corrigan Distinguished Professor of Psychology Illinois Institute of Technology RSVP to: (519) 685-8500 ext. 75896 See invitation letter attached.

Results - SSO Peace of Minds Yogathon 2013

Hello everyone, [Linked below please find] the pictures from SSO's event "2013 Peace of Minds Yogathon for Schizophrenia" last Saturday (Feb 23). Our team members (Julene Chung, Monika Wagner, Sarah Reynolds and I) represented the RNAO-MHNIG well during the event. Thanks to our generous sponsors, we were able to raise a total amount of $1550. Thank you for supporting us in this Student Engagement project! Kind Regards, Dea Casem (Student Representative)

Call for Expressions of Interest: TRAM- Transformation Research in Adolescent Mental Health

The Graham Boeckh Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research will together support a research-to-practice network that, within 5 years, will catalyze fundamental change in youth and adolescent mental health care in Canada. In particular, it should increase the number of 11 to 25-year olds identified and receiving mental health services, and demonstrate better health outcomes for them.

MHNIG Strategic Planning - Goals for 2012-2015

1) To increase participation and engagement of membership and students in MHNIG existing and future opportunities 2) To promote mental health education 3) To strengthen articulation of mental health nursing identity 4) To build and strengthen relationships (mentorship; specialty groups; politics; academia; RPNAO and students; students from all disciplines; community; peer support; clients and families)