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April 28, 2017 - News and Events
April 28, 2017 - CMHA Position Medical Assistance in Dying - Media Release

Canadian Mental Health Association says we should assist people to live and thrive before we assist them in dying.

Download the CMHA Position Paper on Medical Assistance in Dying here.

April 28, 2017 - MHWeek Sponsor - Guardian Pharmacy
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April 28, 2017 - Great-West Life renews funding for CMHA
Great-West Life renews funding for CMHA’s Workforce Mental Health Collaborative
April 28, 2017 - Mental Health Week 2017 - Media Release
April 28, 2017 - Mental Health Week 2017 - Media Release
April 28, 2017 - Ride Don't Hide
More people are talking about their mental health,  but they’re still a minority according to Ipsos survey
April 28, 2017 - CEDA moved to support both CMHA and Fort McMurray relief
It was May 2, 2016, Day One of Mental Health Week.  It was also the beginning of wild fires that would wreak havoc on the Fort McMurray region.
April 28, 2017 - CMHA Fort McMurray Mental Health Fund
Urgent appeal to Canadians:  A CMHA Mental Health Fund for Fort McMurray
April 28, 2017 - Talk Today
CMHA partners with Canadian Hockey League to launch Talk Today.
April 28, 2017 - CMHA announces Dr. Patrick Smith as new national CEO
Irene Merie, Chair of the Board of Directors for The Canadian Mental Health Association, is pleased to announce that Dr. Patrick Smith is CMHA’s new national CEO. With a PhD in clinical psychology, he brings considerable experience to this position, having worked in leadership roles in the mental health and addictions sectors for more than 20 years.
April 28, 2017 - Leaders Not "Walking the Talk" on Workplace Mental Health, National Survey Reveals
Survey shows majority of leaders fail to follow words with action on improving conditions at work Download 
Workplace Mental Health in Canada: Findings from a Pan-Canadian Survey here.
April 28, 2017 - $10 Million in federal funding for Canadian CMHAs
(July 31, 2015) – The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development, announced late yesterday that Canadian Mental Health Association’s across Canada will receive $10 million over the next three years from the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities.  
April 28, 2017 - Canadian Mental Health Association Raises $1.1 Million for Mental Health at Ride Don’t Hide
More than 6,000 riders of all ages took part in Canada’s largest community bike ride for mental health on Father’s Day (Toronto, ON) This Father’s Day, more than 6,000 mental health supporters took part in the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA)
Ride Don’t Hide charity bike ride, raising more than $1.1 million for mental health programs and services. All Ride Don’t Hide funds raised locally will go towards mental health programs within the local communities.
April 28, 2017 - It’s CMHA’s Mental Health Week! May 4–10, 2015, now GET LOUD for mental health
TORONTO, ON, May 4, 2015 – It’s the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) 64th Annual Mental Health Week!  And this year, CMHA is asking Canadians to GET LOUD for mental health!
April 28, 2017 - Stories from the Front Lines; Solutions from the Survivors
National conference opens a discussion on what needs to change to protect the psychological health of front line workers 
April 28, 2017 - The Canadian Mental Health Association Supports the First-Ever National Men’s Health Week
CMHA offers mental health tips to improve men’s overall health Ottawa, June 10, 2014 — The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) lends its support to the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation in the launch of its first-ever Men’s Health Week, June 9–June 15, ending on Father’s Day. Today focuses on men’s mental health and to assist people in taking small steps to better mental health, CMHA is presenting five practical tips for men.
April 28, 2017 - It’s Mental Health Week! May 5-11, 2014 Tell Us How You Really Feel
CMHA wants to know, “Are you phine or fine?” Toronto, May 5, 2014 – To mark the beginning of its 63rd Annual Mental Health Week (MHW), the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is launching its Be Mind Full initiative. As part of this new initiative, a campaign begins today that is asking Canadians how they really feel and challenging them to answer the question, “Are you phine or fine?”
April 28, 2017 - Mental Health Community Committed to Repairing Damage Caused by Bill C-14, Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act
Eleven national health organizations opposed to the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act expressed their disappointment in the legislative process that has allowed a bill to pass that could jeopardize public safety, limit recovery for victims, and cause harm to people living with a mental illness.
April 28, 2017 - The Canadian Mental Health Association recognizes the one year anniversary of mentally healthier Canadian workplaces
The National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace in Canada released one year ago today Toronto, January 16, 2014 – CMHA is pleased to join the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) in recognizing the one year anniversary of Canada’s first-ever
National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace in Canada.
April 28, 2017 - CMHA and CASP are calling for an integrated and collaborative strategy on suicide prevention for military personnel and all Canadians
CMHA casp OTTAWA, December 6, 2013 – Over the last several days, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) have been moved by the recent deaths by suicide within the Canadian military and are concerned about suicidal behaviour among university students and military veterans. We are deeply saddened by these personal and societal tragedies and share in the devastating impact these have on family members, colleagues, friends and on university campuses across the country.
April 28, 2017 - CAMIMH Calls for Canadians to Contribute to a Responsible Discussion on Suicide
CAMIMH(Ottawa) December 6, 2013 - As members of Canada’s mental health community, the Canadian Alliance for Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) are deeply saddened by losses of life by suicide.
April 28, 2017 - With the Right Amendments, the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act Can Support All
Following an announcement by the Government of Canada that it will re-instate Bill C-54 (to be re-numbered Bill C-14), the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act, in the Senate of Canada, a coalition of 12 national health organizations are looking to collaborate with the government to amend the Bill so it supports victims without perpetuating the stigma and discrimination of mental illness.
April 28, 2017 - Canadian Mental Health Association commends the Federal Government for recognizing Canadians’ inclusive, caring nature and its focus on people with disabilities in its recent Throne Speech
OTTAWA, October 25, 2014 – The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) commends the Government of Canada for its recognition in last week’s Speech from the Throne that Canada is, above all else, an inclusive, caring society and that it is the federal government’s intention to, “take further steps to see that those traditionally under-represented in the workforce, including people with disabilities, youth, and Aboriginal Canadians, find the job-training they need”. CMHA also remains optimistic that it can work with the Government and other stakeholders to markedly improve the legislation related to “violent offenders found not criminally responsible for their actions” that will be re-introduced during this Parliamentary session.
April 28, 2017 - Calling all Canadians: Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk gets ready to roll
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  • Bell announces Official Route and National Partners for Clara’s Big Ride
  • Six-time Olympian Clara Hughes to ride her bike around Canada, visiting schools and community groups in every province and territory to talk about mental health
  • National Partners Aimia, BMO, Canadian Tire, Cisco, CTV, Lundbeck, President’s Choice and Samsung helping to take the mental health conversation further than ever before
  • Local mental health organizations across the country preparing to host Clara in their communities
April 28, 2017 - The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) kicks off its 62nd annual Mental Health Week – May 6-12, 2013
Local events and activities planned in hundreds of CMHA community locations across Canada Toronto, May 6, 2013 – With all the stress and challenges of life today, it's important to pause and reflect on our mental health and well-being. That's what Canadians are being encouraged to do as the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) launches its 62nd annual Mental Health Week (MHW) today. CMHA locations coast to coast started MHW by greeting morning commuters with mental health tips and facts, handing out mental health information at local malls and coffee shops, hosting free yoga classes and holding mental health walks in various communities.
April 28, 2017 - Canadian Mental Health Association marks Earth Day with support from Bell Let’s Talk
CMHA to receive proceeds from national Bell mobile phone recycling program Ottawa, April 22, 2013 – The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is pleased to announce a new way for Canadians to promote mental health while helping the environment – by recycling mobile phones, batteries and accessories through the Bell Blue Box program.
April 28, 2017 - The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) applauds the new, higher standard for workplace mental health promotion and protection

CMHA to play an important role in helping workplaces implement new Standard
Toronto, January 16, 2013 – Today, Canada takes an important step for mental health as the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and the Bureau de Normalisation du Quebec (BNQ) release the country’s first-ever national workplace Standard,
The National Standard of Canada – Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace – Prevention, promotion and guidance to staged implementation. CMHA applauds the release of the Standard, which defines and sets a higher standard for workplace mental health.

April 28, 2017 - CMHA Saskatchewan to host the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) 2012 NATIONAL CONFERENCE

All Aboard: Our Collective Journey to a Stronger CMHA

Regina – On Thursday, October 18 and Friday, October 19, 2012 delegates from across Canada will attend CMHA’s National Conference in Regina, Saskatchewan, to discuss and provide input on CMHA’s new strategic plan. The new plan, Strengthening Our Collective Impact: A Strategic Plan for CMHA, marks the beginning of a new era for the organization.

April 28, 2017 - The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) releases today its new strategic plan, Strengthening Our Collective Impact: A Strategic Plan for CMHA, during Mental Illness Awareness Week

This exciting release marks the beginning of a new era for CMHA

Toronto, October 4, 2012 - After 10 months of extensive consultation with hundreds of CMHA locations across the country and with key mental health partners, CMHA is sharing its vision for the future and telling its compelling story of upcoming transformation.

CMHA’s new strategic plan is a road map for advancing its vision: mentally healthy people in a healthy society. It sets out CMHA’s goals for the next five years and outlines concrete strategies for achieving them.

April 28, 2017 - Canadians Rally in Support of Suicide Prevention

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. Suicide is the leading cause of injury related fatality in Canada. In 2009 alone, there were about 100,000 years of potential life lost to Canadians under the age of 75 as a result of suicides, and it is estimated that well over 3,000,000 Canadians have been touched by suicide in some way. Among those aged 15 to 34, suicide was the second leading cause of death.

April 28, 2017 - The Canadian Mental Health Association applauds Canada's first-ever mental health strategy

New strategy provides broad vision but will require a truly coordinated, adequately funded implementation plan to result in real improvements for Canadians

Ottawa — The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) applauds the Mental Health Commission of Canada for spearheading the development of Canada's first-ever mental health strategy.

The strategy release is timely given this week is CMHA's Mental Health Week, which focuses on the theme, "Mental Health for All."

April 28, 2017 - Canadian Mental Health Association Urges Governments to Develop More Appropriate Solutions for the Mentally Ill Housed in Today’s Prisons

Ottawa — It is a fact that today’s Canadian prisons and penitentiaries are ill-equipped to handle the growing number of prisoners with serious mental illnesses. The recently released Correctional Investigator’s Report, studying mental health and illness of persons who are under the supervision of the Correctional Services of Canada, suggests that our prisons have become “warehouses” for the mentally ill due, in part, to funding cuts and closures in community psychiatric facilities. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) believes that this is an inhumane and unsafe way to care for people with mental illnesses.

April 28, 2017 - Recession-Stressed Workers Need Employers’ Support

New study shows increased anxiety in the workplace

Toronto — They’re stressed, anxious, worried about their jobs. They’re losing sleep and they’re losing confidence in the economy. Many Canadian employees are showing these and other signs of mental distress.

According to the first results of the Desjardins Financial Security National Health Survey released today for National Mental Health Week (May 4-10), during which Canadians are encouraged to "Invest in yourself," a significant number of workers in Canada feel they have lost control of their lives as the economic recession grinds on, unemployment numbers rise and financial security appears to be evaporating.

April 28, 2017 - CMHA National Applauds and Supports Newly Launched Canadian Forces Mental Health Awareness Campaign

OTTAWA — CMHA, National applauds the newly launched Canadian Forces (CF) mental health awareness campaign, Be the Difference. The campaign, launched today at a ceremony held at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, is part of the CF's long term commitment to improving oversight and engagement regarding mental health issues in the Forces. Be the Difference is designed to help educate CF personnel and build a culture of understanding around issues relating to mental health.

April 28, 2017 - Historic Election at CMHA-NB Annual General Meeting

The Canadian Mental Health Association, New Brunswick Division held its Annual General meeting in Edmundston on October 31st. For the first time in its long history, the Association held an election to fill the role of President, vacated by the resignation of Mr. Armand Savoie. History was made when Mark Henick, age 22, became the youngest person to ever be elected President of a CMHA provincial division in the 92 years since the organization’s national inception.

April 28, 2017 - CMHA National Supports Senate Report on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness

Ottawa —Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), National supports several of the recommendations of “In From The Margins: A Call to Action on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness”, Report of the Subcommittee on Cities of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology tabled yesterday in Ottawa. “We are very pleased that the Senate Sub-Committee recognized CMHA’s contributions to the report”, says Dr. Taylor Alexander, CEO, CMHA National Office. “Income support and other measures to reduce poverty can play several roles with regard to those persons living with a disability associated with mental illness. Many of these measures were identified in the report.”

April 28, 2017 - Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Proudly Endorses Launch of Telus Platform for Consumer eHealth
OTTAWA — The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) provides a wide range of mental health programs and services in some 135 communities across Canada. Now we have extended our reach in supporting Canadians’ mental health to an exciting new level. CMHA, National Office is proud to endorse the launch of TELUS health space, powered by Microsoft HealthVault, Canada’s first consumer eHealth platform.
April 28, 2017 - Parliamentarians Join Canadians and Call for National Suicide Prevention Strategy

Ottawa — This week, Liberal leader Bob Rae will introduce an opposition motion calling upon the federal government to establish and fund a National Suicide Prevention Strategy. This motion provides further evidence that suicide prevention is a non partisan issue and is being recognized as a national public health priority across party lines.

April 28, 2017 - Media Releases
April 28, 2017 - Upcoming CMHA Conference Focuses on Changing How We Think About Mental Illness

TORONTO – The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) presents Thriving in 2010 and Beyond: Defining our roles, Exploring Control, Designing the Whole, a national mental health conference in London, Ontario on October 22 – 24, 2010 at the London Convention Centre. Special keynote speakers include: CBC Radio One’s The Next Chapter host Shelagh Rogers; former editor of Chatelaine Magazine and author of From Wanting to Die to Loving My Life: How I Beat Depression, Rona Maynard; and Mr. Justice Edward Ormston, among others.

April 28, 2017 - Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), National Announces New CEO

OTTAWA – Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), National Office Board Chair David Copus today announced the appointment of Peter Coleridge as Chief Executive Officer of CMHA, National, effective December 1, 2010.

April 28, 2017 - CMHA Position Medical Assistance in Dying - Media Release
April 28, 2017 - MHWeek Sponsor - Guardian Pharmacy
April 28, 2017 - Great-West Life renews funding for CMHA
April 28, 2017 - Mental Health Week 2017 - Media Release
April 28, 2017 - CMHA’s Workplace Collaborative voted one of top providers in Canada
April 28, 2017 - Steve Lurie, Executive Director, CMHA Toronto, Appointed to Order of Canada
April 28, 2017 - A Call to Action to Prevent Youth Suicides: Statement from CMHA and CASP
April 28, 2017 - Ride Don't Hide
April 28, 2017 - CEDA moved to support both CMHA and Fort McMurray relief
April 28, 2017 - CMHA Fort McMurray Mental Health Fund
April 28, 2017 - Talk Today
April 28, 2017 - CMHA announces Dr. Patrick Smith as new national CEO
April 28, 2017 - Leaders Not "Walking the Talk" on Workplace Mental Health, National Survey Reveals
April 28, 2017 - $10 Million in federal funding for Canadian CMHAs
April 28, 2017 - Canadian Mental Health Association Raises $1.1 Million for Mental Health at Ride Don’t Hide
April 28, 2017 - It’s CMHA’s Mental Health Week! May 4–10, 2015, now GET LOUD for mental health
April 28, 2017 - Stories from the Front Lines; Solutions from the Survivors
April 28, 2017 - The Canadian Mental Health Association Supports the First-Ever National Men’s Health Week
April 28, 2017 - It’s Mental Health Week! May 5-11, 2014
Tell Us How You Really Feel

April 28, 2017 - Mental Health Community Committed to Repairing Damage Caused by Bill C-14, Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act
April 28, 2017 - The Canadian Mental Health Association recognizes the one year anniversary of mentally healthier Canadian workplaces
April 28, 2017 - CMHA and CASP are calling for an integrated and collaborative strategy on suicide prevention for military personnel and all Canadians
April 28, 2017 - CAMIMH Calls for Canadians to Contribute to a Responsible Discussion on Suicide
April 28, 2017 - With the Right Amendments, the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act Can Support All
April 28, 2017 - Canadian Mental Health Association commends the Federal Government for recognizing Canadians’ inclusive, caring nature and its focus on people with disabilities in its recent Throne Speech
April 28, 2017 - Calling all Canadians: Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk gets ready to roll
April 28, 2017 - The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) kicks off its 62nd annual Mental Health Week – May 6-12, 2013
April 28, 2017 - Canadian Mental Health Association marks Earth Day with support from Bell Let’s Talk
April 28, 2017 - The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) applauds the new, higher standard for workplace mental health promotion and protection
April 28, 2017 - CMHA Saskatchewan to host the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) 2012 NATIONAL CONFERENCE
April 28, 2017 - The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) releases today its new strategic plan, Strengthening Our Collective Impact: A Strategic Plan for CMHA, during Mental Illness Awareness Week
April 28, 2017 - Canadians Rally in Support of Suicide Prevention
April 28, 2017 - The Canadian Mental Health Association applauds Canada's first-ever mental health strategy
April 28, 2017 - Canadian Mental Health Association Urges Governments to Develop More Appropriate Solutions for the Mentally Ill Housed in Today’s Prisons
April 28, 2017 - Recession-Stressed Workers Need Employers’ Support
April 28, 2017 - CMHA National Applauds and Supports Newly Launched Canadian Forces Mental Health Awareness Campaign
April 28, 2017 - Historic Election at CMHA-NB Annual General Meeting
April 28, 2017 - CMHA National Supports Senate Report on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness
April 28, 2017 - Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Proudly Endorses Launch of Telus Platform for Consumer eHealth
April 28, 2017 - Parliamentarians Join Canadians and Call for National Suicide Prevention Strategy
April 28, 2017 - Upcoming CMHA Conference Focuses on Changing How We Think About Mental Illness
April 28, 2017 - Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), National Announces New CEO