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Toronto - North Bay-area residents will have their say at the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s (OHRC) final round table session on human rights and mental health issues on Monday, March 28, 2011. The OHRC, in cooperation with the North Bay Indian Friendship Centre, People for Equal Partnerships in Mental Health (PEP) and True Self, will meet with consumer/survivors, members of the mental health community, people with addictions, employers and housing and service providers. They will hear personal stories of discrimination and identify solutions and best practices to deal with discrimination in the areas of housing, services and employment.
“We are very pleased to be meeting with the community in North Bay, and grateful that people continue to come out and share their stories and experiences with us. Having this opportunity to hear from people affected by mental health issues and addictions has been extremely valuable,” said Barbara Hall, Chief Commissioner of the OHRC. “We’ll take what we’ve learned and develop a responsive policy that clearly explains human rights protections for people with mental heath disabilities. The policy will also support employers, housing and service providers in their efforts to eliminate barriers and provide accommodation for people living with mental health disabilities and addictions.”
People can still register for the North Bay session by e-mailing the OHRC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: 8:45 a.m. – 12 noon
Where: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 23 150 First Avenue West, Ontario Room
The OHRC will publish a consultation report with recommendations based on what was learned from the round table sessions, focus groups and surveys.
Please note that the deadline for written submissions to the human rights and mental health research and policy consultation paper has been extended until April 30, 2011.