Download CMHA Position Paper on Medical Assistance in Dying here.
From September 18 to the 20, the Canadian Mental Health Association will be hosting the second annual Mental Health for All Conference at the Hilton Toronto.
This June, Johnny Cash fans will be treated to the beats of Cash’s long-time drummer, “Fluke” Holland, for a three-date Ontario tour to benefit the Canadian Mental Health Association, National.
Welcome – rather, welcome back! CMHA Quarterly is our new main newsletter, providing our subscribers with the latest news and previews of latest programs, events, and initiatives. We had a successful run for some time, but had to shelve the newsletter until recently. At long last, we’re back to our quarterly schedule – and just in time for CMHA Mental Health Week!
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Great-West Life renews funding for CMHA’s Workforce Mental Health Collaborative
CMHA National Statement Responding to Netflix Series: 13 Reasons Why
Talk Today is one of the most comprehensive mental health programs for amateur sports in Canada.
CMHA hosts Canada’s Top Conference on Workplace Mental Health February 21-22 in Vancouver
Three Leading National Mental Health Organizations Call for Targeted Mental Health Funding in the Health Accord
The reviews are in: the Mental Health For All Conference in late September was a great success. A capacity crowd of 470 delegates filled the halls and breakout rooms at the Toronto Hilton, enjoying two full conference days (and one pre-conference day) of informative, compelling and challenging presentations.
CMHA is Getting Loud for Mental Health!
The BroMatters Project proposes an interdisciplinary partnership focusing on early identification and prevention to better understand how to maintain healthy minds for working men.
The Conference Board of Canada is pleased to present The Better Workplace Conference
It’s only 17 days until Ride Don’t Hide 2016, the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) national cycling fundraiser. Ride Don’t Hide celebrates its 5th anniversary with 29 events in five provinces, all taking place on June 26. This year, organizers are aiming for 8,000 participants and hope to raise $1.5 million for mental health programs. To keep you up-to-date about the event, this Ride Don’t Hide newsletter will be sent out weekly until the event.
More people are talking about their mental health, but they’re still a minority according to Ipsos survey
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.
Urgent appeal to Canadians: A CMHA Mental Health Fund for Fort McMurray
CMHA partners with Canadian Hockey League to launch Talk Today.
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.
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.
Last week, CMHA's acting national CEO, Andrew Jones, and CMHA Toronto's Executive Director, Steve Lurie, met with the federal Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Philpott.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau candidly shared his personal experiences of mental health issues with CTV's the Social this week.
Time to work on your outside voice! Get ready to get loud this May 1-7 for the 66th CMHA Mental Health Week.
Canadians from coast to coast will join the conversation again this year to help break down the stigma associated with mental illness.
As the nationwide leader for mental health, CMHA recognizes inspirational leadership, innovation and excellence in maintaining and improving mental health for all. Its national awards program honours and celebrates individuals and organizations that embody these key qualities.
On its fifth anniversary, Bell announced they will extend Bell Let’s Talk – an initiative to raise awareness about mental health and help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness - for a further five years and at least $100 million in total funding.
And we need your help! #GETLOUD for increased mental health funding!
As a responsible employer, you provide a physically safe environment for your workers. But what about their psychological health and safety? Are you doing enough to help your staff be their best selves at work?
Are you looking for mental health tips or interested in more information about a specific mental health issue? CMHA’s Brochures can help you learn more about mental health, mental illness and addiction.
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.
For decades CMHA has been educating the public about mental health and mental illness through its annual Mental Health Week – held the first week in May – and through its other nationwide mental health programs and services. In the last few years, CMHA has garnered support for developing meaningful mental health education and skill building initiatives, programs and services – particularly in the workplace and in the communities we live.
CMHA now asking all provincial governments and police forces to act Ontario’s Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, the Honourable Yasir Naqvi, introduced the Police Record Checks Reform Act (PRCRA) in the provincial legislature this week. The new legislation outlines what can be disclosed by police officers on police records and legislates procedures on requesting, conducting and disclosing police record check information.
An extraordinary opportunity to step forward toward change and mental health for all people in Canada says Canadian Mental Health Association Vancouver, British Columbia – The Canadian Mental Health Association’s BC Division (CMHA BC) sees today’s historic release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report as an important step toward change, reconciliation, and mental health for all Canadians including First Nations, Inuit and Métis. The Canadian Mental Health Association in BC stands and recognizes the courage of each of the 7,000 witnesses who testified during the Commission’s six-year mandate and the hard work of Justice Sinclair, Commissioner Wilson, and Commissioner Littlechild.
Canadians overwhelmingly support more funding for mental health, mental illness and addiction Ottawa, ON, June 3, 2015 - On the heels of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) successful 64th annual Mental Health Week campaign – where Canadians were encouraged to take action to reduce discrimination and stigma and demand more and better access to mental health programs and services from their elected representatives - CMHA is releasing key results from a Nanos Research poll on mental health funding.
Peter Coleridge, National CEO, accepted on behalf of CMHA the Connected to the Community Award for CMHA’s participation in the Bell Blue Box mobile device recycling program. The award was presented at the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association’s Connected to the Community Awards on May 27, 2015 in Ottawa.
CMHA would like to thank CEDA for being one of its major sponsors during Mental Health Week. In addition to their support, CEDA has helped increase awareness and reduce the discrimination and stigma associated with mental illness by holding a fundraising event.
Assistant Commissioner Gilles Moreau Shares Own Mental Health Story Ottawa, ON – The RCMP is speaking out about their commitment to mental health by joining forces with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and sharing the personal story of Assistant Commissioner Gilles Moreau, the RCMP’s mental health champion.
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!
Helping organizations improve psychological health and safety or implement the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace In developing this groundbreaking certification for individuals and consultants, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Workforce Mental Health Collaborative wanted to help break down barriers and seize opportunities for those who are trying to support implementation of the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard).
Ottawa, ON, April 22, 2015 – The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is encouraged by yesterday’s federal budget, Economic Action Plan 2015, and the government’s efforts to improve the mental health of all Canadians.
In a CBC News interview (April 17, 2015), Joanne Bernard, Nova Scotia Minister of Community Services, was quoted saying that her government is “[…] not looking at funding national organizations that have millions of dollars in bank accounts nationally that they can filter down into the provinces as need be”.
CMHA and Bell Let’s Talk encourage Canadians to recycle their old mobile phones and other electronics responsibly through the Bell Blue Box program on Earth Day (April 22) and during the rest of the year.
More than 6,000 Canadians in 28 cities cycle for Ride Don't Hide on June 21 Toronto, ON – The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is kicking off its national fundraiser, Ride Don’t Hide, with a call to all Canadians, including cyclists and mental health supporters, to join the movement that’s sweeping the nation. On June 21, 2015, thousands of Canadians in 28 communities across the country will take part in the fourth annual Ride Don’t Hide community bike ride to raise awareness about mental health and reduce the discrimination and stigma around mental illness.
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has been a champion for positive mental health since 1918 and has played an important role in improving people’s understanding of mental health and mental illness. CMHA introduced Mental Health Week (MHW) in 1951 and it is now a popular week for a variety of mental health and addiction awareness and education campaigns, activities and events across the country.
Canadian Mental Health Association recognizes NAV CANADA for innovative workplace mental health program Vancouver, British Columbia - The organization responsible for Canada’s civil air navigation has received an award for advancing mental health in its workplace through a pioneering peer support program.
On February 24, NAV Canada received the C.M. Hincks Award at CMHA’s annual Bottom Line Conference in Vancouver for fostering mental health in the workplace.
National conference opens a discussion on what needs to change to protect the psychological health of front line workers
The Mental Health Strategy for Canada and the 2007 Senate report Out of the Shadows at Last, make specific recommendations to all governments to increase funding for mental health and mental illness in Canada.
The content below is a Letter to the Editor from CMHA's CEO, Peter Coleridge, submitted to the Globe & Mail in response to the Globe's health columnist, Andre Picard’s article, “#BellLetsTalk is fine, but real action is needed too.”
It’s Bell Let’s Talk Day! CMHA thanks Bell for its continued commitment and efforts to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and change people’s behaviours and attitudes about mental health issues in communities across Canada.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada has released the first phase of Informing the Future: Mental Health Indicators for Canada -- the first-ever national-level set of indicators that identifies and reports on the mental health of Canadians.
On January 28, 2015, Canadians from coast to coast will be talking about mental health in support of Bell’s annual campaign Bell Let’s Talk Day.
On February 24 - 25 2015, business leaders, union representatives, policy-makers, researchers and workers will gather to help improve workplace mental health in Canada at CMHA’s annual Bottom Line Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.
This report highlights the incredible progress CMHA has made on many fronts in this past year. We are leveraging our expertise, capacity and dedication in new ways.
This holiday season, MasterChef Canada contestants will cook up a storm and CMHA may get the whole pie.
CMHA and the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) honour volunteers that have made a significant contribution to helping survivors of suicide. The Freddi Ford Award is presented each year to a volunteer or grass-roots worker who has made an exemplary contribution by helping survivors of suicide start support programs and training activities.
Ottawa, ON, (Tuesday, December 2, 2014) – Thirty-nine national health-care organizations that comprise the Health Action Lobby (HEAL) issued a consensus statement today calling for the federal government to embrace the Canadian Way of addressing national health issues through compassion, consensus, and collaboration.
Toronto, November 19, 2014 - The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is pleased to announce the Directors of its National Board for 2014 – 2015 and its new Board Chair, Irene Merie.
This year, three awards were presented as part of CMHA’s national awards program. Two internal awards, the Strengthening CMHA Award and the Consumer Involvement Award – were both presented at CMHA’s nation-wide conference in Calgary (Oct 22 – 24). While the third award, The C.M. Hincks Award, which is given to a recipient outside of CMHA, was presented this past April.
CMHA is now accepting applications from workplaces that have demonstrated a solid commitment to maintaining employees’ mental health, to receive the Clarence Meredith Hincks award. Goal of Award As the nationwide leader and champion for mental health, CMHA recognizes inspirational leadership, innovation and excellence in maintaining and improving mental health for all. This year, CMHA would like to select a workplace that exemplifies the criteria for this award.
Military Family Services (MFS) has identified CMHA in its guidebook, You’re Not Alone, as a resource for military families looking for mental health services and supports.
CMHA was a proud community champion On Canada Day – July 1 – Clara Hughes, six-time Canadian Olympic medalist and national spokesperson for Bell Let’s Talk, completed her 110-day, 12,000-kilometre bike ride around Canada. Clara rode through every province and territory, stopping in 95 communities across the country. And members of CMHA’s community locations welcomed her along the way with celebratory events, meet and greets, and gala dinners in her honour.
Award presented at EASNA’s annual conference this week
Recycle My Cell makes it easy for Canadians to do their part for Earth Day 2014 OTTAWA – April 16, 2014 – Recycle My Cell, Canada’s free cell phone recycling program, is calling on Canadians from coast to coast to recycle their old cell phones and accessories in support of Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22. Results from the 2013 National Cell Phone Recycling Study released today show that while Canadians replace their wireless device approximately every 30 months, only 10% of survey respondents recycled their old device when they purchased a new one, with 42% putting the old device in storage.
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.
(Ottawa, Ontario) April 1, 2014. Today, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) officially announced the winners of the Champions of Mental Health Awards for 2014. The annual Champions Awards celebrate individuals and organizations whose outstanding contributions have advanced the mental health agenda in Canada in the past year. This year, new categories were introduced to recognize youth and workplace mental health initiatives to offer a broader range of opportunities for recognition.
CMHA wants to know, “Are you phine or fine?” To mark the beginning of our 63rd Annual Mental Health Week (MHW), we are launching our first-ever 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?”
Continuing the conversation about mental health and mental illness for another 110 days 12,000 kilometres; 110 days; 95 community stops. Six-time Olympian Clara Hughes will drive positive long-term change in the way Canadians perceive mental illness and talk about mental health by biking around Canada and visiting schools and community groups in every province and territory. Clara’s Big Ride is another opportunity to engage Canadians in a dialogue about mental health and continue the conversations from Bell Let’s Talk Day.
- Six-time Olympian Clara Hughes will ride her bike 12,000 km around Canada, bringing the mental health conversation to communities in every province and territory
- Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk begins March 14 in Toronto and concludes July 1 as part of Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa
Today is the fourth annual Bell Let’s Talk Day and CMHA is encouraging Canadians across the country to text, call and tweet in support of this important awareness campaign.
Attend the 2014 National Bottom Line Conference to better recognize, address, and resolve mental health issues in the workplace. For a second year, we are pleased to host Bottom Line in both Vancouver and Calgary, offering excellent and informative speakers and panelists at both locations.
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.
(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.
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.
If you are an artist and an individual who has experienced mental health issues, your original art could become an official CMHA Thank You card. Enter now, contest ends December 22, 2013.
The National Network for Mental Health’s (NNMH) newly designed website has now been launched. The focus of NNMH, which is run by and for mental health consumer/survivors, is to network with Canadian consumer/survivors and family and friends of consumer/survivors to provide opportunities for resource sharing, information distribution and education on mental health issues.
CMHA’s 2013 nation-wide conference closed with the signing of important Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). This agreement is an exciting development in the relationship between the MHCC and CMHA and for the Canadian mental health sector.
This year, two awards were presented during CMHA’s nation-wide conference in Ottawa last month. These were: the Consumer Involvement and the Strengthening CMHA Awards – both internal CMHA awards.
Unleash the Noise 2014 is Canada’s Student-Led Mental Health Innovation Summit, sponsored by The Jack Project. Each year, this summit brings together 200 students from high schools, colleges and universities from every province and territory to develop innovative strategies and create one powerful voice for mental health. By engaging students and focusing on the strengths of young people, student delegates will be inspired and empowered to fundamentally change the way they think about mental health. After the summit, students will return to their respective school communities equipped with the ideas and tools that they need to create real and substantial change. Unleash the Noise 2014 will take place in Toronto on February 28th and March 1st, 2014.
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.
CMHA’s strategic plan comes to life The real work has now begun to achieve our strategic goals and strengthen our collective impact. Read the complete report below, or download the PDF.
- 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
Recycle your used mobile phones at a CMHA location in your community or at your local Bell store Next week is Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 5 – 11) and Canadian Waste Reduction Week runs October 18 – 26. CMHA and Bell will be reminding Canadians during October to recycle their used mobile phones and devices and support CMHA’s mental health initiatives.
Watch it live! Mark Henick, Case Manager at CMHA Toronto, will be speaking at the upcoming TEDxToronto Conference on Thursday, September 26th. TED is a nonprofit devoted to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’, and provides a platform for exceptional ideas and a catalyst for profound change.
‘Like’ the Aviva Community Fund Facebook page between September 1-7 and support CMHA through Brian Stanton’s No Surrender Hockey Challenge fundraising event. By doing so, you will also be supporting CMHA’s suicide prevention efforts. For every one ‘Like’ of the Aviva Community Fund Facebook page, Aviva will donate $1 to CMHA.
2013 CMHA National Awards Nomination Criteria and Forms now available – Deadline July 5 The 2013 National Awards Program will present two internal awards: The Consumer Involvement Award and the Strengthening CMHA Award, a new award this year.
Changing Perspectives... Addressing the Social Determinants of Mental Health & Addictions Institutes: October 16th, 2013 Conference: October 17th and 18th Location: Delta Ottawa City Centre | 101 Lyon Street, Ottawa, ON Visit the conference website for more information.
Reducing stigma and raising funds for the Canadian Mental Health Association a key goal for pharmacy chain Truro, May 13, 2013 – Medicine Shoppe Canada and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) are marking the rollout of a unique in- pharmacy fundraising initiative. The announcement is a new collaboration for the two organizations that last year formalized a novel partnership designed to help Canadians maintain and improve their mental health and support their recovery from mental illness.
Toronto – The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister for La Francophonie, today recognized the beginning of Mental Health Week in Canada by announcing support for initiatives to help Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and their families.
Local events and activities planned in hundreds of CMHA community locations across the country The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has been a champion for mental health since 1918 and has played an important role in improving people’s understanding of mental health and mental illness. CMHA introduced Mental Health Week (MHW) in 1951 to raise awareness of mental illness in Canada. MHW today offers people practical ways to maintain and improve their mental health and support their recovery from mental illness.
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.
Earlier this year, CMHA BC’s CEO, Bev Gutray and National Board Member and CMHA Division Board member, Frankie O’Neill (Newfoundland & Labrador) were presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for their outstanding contributions to mental health in their respective provinces.
And this year we’re doing things a little differently! While CMHA’s tagline, Mental Health for All, will continue to be used as an important overarching theme during Mental Health Week (MHW), the focus for this year’s MHW is: youth mental health (defined as ages 15 to 24 (approx.) and, as such, includes both high school and university/college students). Included in this youth theme will be parents/ caregivers as they continue to play a key role in the lives of youth and provide critical support.
The following Board members were re-elected/elected as Executive Committee members for 2012-2013:
On a panel discussion regarding mental health in the workplace this morning on Canada AM, CMHA's award-winning Mental Health Works program was mentioned as a resource for Canadian workplaces to effectively address the many issues related to mental health in the workplace. Click here to visit Mental Health Works website for more information.
CMHA to play an important role in helping workplaces implement new Standard
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.
Founded almost a century ago, today’s Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has a remarkable team of more than 10,000 volunteers and staff and provides vital services and support to well over half a million Canadians every year in hundreds of communities across the country.
On behalf of CMHA’s Board of Directors, volunteers and staff, we wish you a happy, mentally healthy holiday season and a wonderful New Year!
It was so nice to meet so many of you at the CMHA National Conference in Regina this past September. This update is for those who attended the conference and for those who did not. The CMHA National Board of Directors voted in favour of the new and expanded role for the National Consumer Advisory Council (tentatively called the National Consumer Engagement and Advisory Committee - NCEAC). I want to let you know that the next step in moving forward with the work of the NCEAC is to hire staff and move forward on identifying a new name and the steps noted below. Once this work is completed we will bring on new members from areas of the country not currently represented to solidify the committee. Please keep checking in on the CMHA website as further updates will appear routinely.
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) joins Canadian health care leaders in championing the National Physician Survey to help improve the primary care for patients with mental illness and promote mental health for all.
There is no health without mental health so CMHA has joined Canadian health care leaders – the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Royal College) and approximately 19 other healthcare champions – in support of the National Physician Survey (NPS).
The Board of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division (CMHA, Ontario) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Camille Quenneville as its incoming Chief Executive Officer.
Movember Canada announces today that it will be addressing mental health, in addition to prostate cancer, as part of its Movember 2012 campaign.
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.
Your feedback is needed regarding a proposed model change for CMHA’s National Consumer Advisory Council (NCAC). Our voice will help to strengthen CMHA.
A new CMHA National Awards Program was approved by the National Board in May 2012 and planning is underway to launch the new program in 2013.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Campus-wide initiative aims to eradicate mental health stigma
To support mental health and wellness at Queen’s University, students have organized Queen’s Wears Green, designed to help improve student access to available mental health resources and services. A student rally will be held on November 4 from 11 am to 1 pm at the ARC with keynote speakers Brenda Miller, CEO at the Canadian Mental Health Association, Kingston Branch, and Eric Windeler from The Jack Project; and the Queen’s student group Existere.
CMHA's Mental Health Week is an annual national event that takes place during the first week in May to encourage people from all walks of life to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others on all issues relating to mental health.
This year's Mental Health Week theme is Mental Health for All. Mental Health Week 2012 will focus on key topics that will help the public have a broader understanding of mental health, including: Kids Have Stress Too!; Resiliency: at Home, at School, and at Work; and Mental Health is Everyone's Concern. Local events and activities are planned in communities across Canada. Find an event near you or plan your own!
For more information, visit www.mentalhealthweek.ca.