News & Events
News & Updates
Here you will find a sampling of news and announcements from EPION.
The Early Intervention Program at CMHA Windsor-Essex County Branch maximizes their community resources in order to offer engaging recreation activities that foster a sense of belonging. While working on their physical fitness, emotional wellbeing, social skills, and vocational goals, EPI clients at CMHA-WECB have had the opportunity to join in on a range of activities including “Mood Walks”, “Hoofin’ It” (a therapeutic walking program with horses), and weekly social drop-in groups. (more…)
For clients in Ottawa’s On Track EPI program, getting back to basics and being able to enjoy meaningful activities is part of the program’s holistic approach to recovery. Therapeutic Recreation activities are offered throughout the week to support clients in their recovery journey and reduce social isolation. The activities provide an opportunity for clients to experience real-life situations, foster new and old interests, and renew their sense of community. (more…)
This past January, a group of staff and clients from The Heads Up! Program visited Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area to enjoy a day of snowshoeing and connecting with nature. The outing was intended to help clients better understand the connection between mind and body health, as well as introducing new skills and ideas for how to creatively incorporate physical activity into their recovery. (more…)
On March 16, a small group of EPION members from across the province gathered in Toronto for a work session to conceptualize and draft content for EPION resources on cannabis and psychosis. The work session focused on identifying key messages and target audiences for custom EPION educational materials and reviewing an assortment of existing resources to be disseminated as-is. Products and resources from Friday’s meeting will be piloted this spring. (more…)
The Cleghorn Early Intervention Clinic in Hamilton presents WEED Talk: Marijuana, Mental Health and YOUth, taking place May 31. This event is geared toward young people, family members, and anyone interested in learning more about the effects of cannabis use. The objective is to raise awareness of issues related to safe cannabis use, legalization, harm reduction, risk of psychosis, and mental health and addictions services in Hamilton. (more…)
The Niagara Region Mental Health (NRMH) EPI program is developing education around substance-induced psychosis ahead of legalization, targeted to staff, clients, families, and primary care. In anticipation of increased referrals related to substance use, this initiative aims to increase client awareness and harm reduction, and to support clinicians, families, and primary care to better understand and communicate potential risks associated with cannabis use in young people. (more…)
The Heads Up! Program recently received a Knowledge Award from Kingston Health Sciences Centre for their knowledge translation activities on the topic of cannabis and psychosis. Presentations have been made in high-schools, post-secondary institutions and in the media. The program’s cannabis education activities provide young people with information about the risks of cannabis use, sparking an important dialogue across the province. (more…)
Sign up for webinar #28 in the “Ask the Experts” webinar series: “Early Psychosis Intervention for Postsecondary Settings.”
Date: November 29, 2017
Time: 1 PM – 2 PM (EST) (more…)
Are you a primary care provider? Do you work with a client with early psychosis? The Early Psychosis Intervention Ontario Network (EPION) needs your feedback!
Over the past year EPION’s Community of Interest (CoI) has been working on a few documents to support primary care in the early detection and facilitation of access to our EPI services. We have created a generic letter and information sheet. (more…)