News & Events

News & Updates

Here you will find a sampling of news and announcements from EPION.

EPION Spotlight on…Recreation: Embracing Community with CMHA-WECB

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…)

EPION Spotlight on…Recreation: On the Move with On Track

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…)

EPION Spotlight on…Recreation: A Snowy Day with Heads Up!

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…)

EPION Spotlight on…Cannabis Education: EPION Work Session

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…)

EPION Spotlight on…Cannabis Education: Cleghorn Early Intervention Clinic

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…)

EPION Spotlight on… Cannabis Education: Niagara Region Mental Health EPI

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…)

EPION Spotlight on… Cannabis Education: Heads Up!

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…)