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March 25, 2013 - News and Events
March 25, 2013 - CMHA Position on Medical Assistance in Dying
Download
CMHA Position Paper on Medical Assistance in Dying here.
March 25, 2013 - The Second Annual Mental Health for All Conference
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.
March 25, 2013 - Cash for PTSD - Johnny Cash’s drummer to beat for CMHA
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.
March 25, 2013 - Introduction to CMHA Quarterly Newsletter
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!

View and sign up to the first issue here!

March 25, 2013 - MHWeek Sponsor - The Medicine Shoppe
Since 2013 the Medicine Shoppe has been a proud supporter of CMHA’s causes.
March 25, 2013 - MHWeek Sponsor - McKesson Canada
McKesson Canada excels in providing support to health insurers, hospitals, pharmacies, and other organizations.
March 25, 2013 - MHWeek Sponsor - CGI
Since its founding in 1976, CGI has grown to become the largest IT company in Canada.
March 25, 2013 - MHWeek Sponsor - I.D.A.
Experience the independent pharmacy different.
March 25, 2013 - MHWeek Sponsor - Pearson Canada
Pearson Canada is our nation’s leading learning company.
March 25, 2013 - MHWeek Sponsor - Barrick Gold
The Barrick Gold Corporation is a company dedicated to responsible mining.
March 25, 2013 - MHWeek Sponsor - Remedy’sRx
Remedy’sRx are pharmacies independently owned and operated by pharmacists who believe in investing in the best possible pharmacy care.
March 25, 2013 - MHWeek Sponsor - Guardian Pharmacy
Experience the independent pharmacy different.
March 25, 2013 - Great-West Life renews funding for CMHA
Great-West Life renews funding for CMHA’s Workforce Mental Health Collaborative
March 25, 2013 - Mental Health Week 2017 - Media Release
March 25, 2013 - CMHA National Statement Responding to Netflix Series: 13 Reasons Why
CMHA National Statement Responding to Netflix Series: 13 Reasons Why
March 25, 2013 - Ride Dont Hide - 2017
Ride Don't Hide 2017
March 25, 2013 - “Depression: Let’s Talk” for World Health Day
March 25, 2013 - Talk Today now available nationwide
Talk Today is one of the most comprehensive mental health programs for amateur sports in Canada.
March 25, 2013 - Statement from CMHA - Quebec City Terror Attack
March 25, 2013 - CMHA - Bottom Line Conference
CMHA hosts Canada’s Top Conference on Workplace Mental Health February 21-22 in Vancouver
March 25, 2013 - 2016 CMHA National Awards
And the 2016 CMHA National Awards go to…
March 25, 2013 - Open Letter - Health Accord
Three Leading National Mental Health Organizations Call for Targeted Mental Health Funding in the Health Accord
March 25, 2013 - Mental Health For All Conference a great success
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.
March 25, 2013 - CMHA National Annual Report 2015-2016

CMHA is Getting Loud for Mental Health!

March 25, 2013 - BroMatters are Recruiting!
The
BroMatters Project proposes an interdisciplinary partnership focusing on early identification and prevention to better understand how to maintain healthy minds for working men.
March 25, 2013 - The Better Workplace Conference
The Conference Board of Canada is pleased to present The Better Workplace Conference
March 25, 2013 - Ride Don't Hide Update
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.
March 25, 2013 - Ride Don't Hide
More people are talking about their mental health,  but they’re still a minority according to Ipsos survey
March 25, 2013 - 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.
March 25, 2013 - CMHA Fort McMurray Mental Health Fund
Urgent appeal to Canadians:  A CMHA Mental Health Fund for Fort McMurray
March 25, 2013 - Talk Today
CMHA partners with Canadian Hockey League to launch Talk Today.
March 25, 2013 - 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.
March 25, 2013 - 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.
March 25, 2013 - CMHA meets with Federal Health Minister
CMHA-011 (1)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.
March 25, 2013 - Prime Minister shares family's experience of mental health issues
Trudeau-BLT-960x380-2Prime Minister Justin Trudeau candidly shared his personal experiences of mental health issues with CTV's
the Social this week.
March 25, 2013 - Get Loud for the 66th annual CMHA Mental Health Week

Time to work on your outside voice! Get ready to get loud this May 1-7 for the 66th CMHA Mental Health Week.

March 25, 2013 - Help CMHA support Bell Let’s Talk Day!
Canadians from coast to coast will join the conversation again this year to help break down the stigma associated with mental illness.
March 25, 2013 - CMHA announces its 2015 national award winners
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.
March 25, 2013 - CMHA applauds Bell for extending its commitment to Bell Let’s Talk for another five years
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.
March 25, 2013 - CMHA is calling for increased mental health funding
And we need your help!
#GETLOUD for increased mental health funding!
March 25, 2013 - The Workforce Mental Health Collaborative
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?
March 25, 2013 - CMHA Brochures; get informed about mental health, mental illness and addiction
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.
March 25, 2013 - 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.
March 25, 2013 - CMHA thanks its corporate sponsors
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.
March 25, 2013 - CMHA welcomes new Ontario legislation on police record checks
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.
March 25, 2013 - Release of Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Report
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.
March 25, 2013 - CMHA announces results of Nanos Research survey on mental health funding
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.
March 25, 2013 - CMHA receives award from telecommunications industry
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.
March 25, 2013 - CMHA thanks CEDA for its generous support during Mental Health Week
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.
March 25, 2013 - RCMP Gets Personal with Mental Health
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.
March 25, 2013 - 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!
March 25, 2013 - CMHA develops certified psychological health and safety advisor training
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).
March 25, 2013 - CMHA is encouraged by mental health provisions in yesterday’s federal budget
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.
March 25, 2013 - CMHA responds to incorrect and misleading comments by Nova Scotia Community Services Minister
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”.
March 25, 2013 - CMHA and Bell Let’s Talk encourage responsible recycling on Earth Day and beyond!
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.
March 25, 2013 - National bike ride puts mental health on the radar
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.
March 25, 2013 - CMHA thanks this year's Mental Health Week sponsors!
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.
March 25, 2013 - Lighting the way for better workplaces
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.
March 25, 2013 - NAV CANADA receives C.M. Hincks Award for commitment to mental health in the workplace
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.
March 25, 2013 - 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 
March 25, 2013 - Improving mental health in Canada: It’s not academic
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.
March 25, 2013 - Mental health problems cannot be solved by corporations alone, government action is needed
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.”
March 25, 2013 - CMHA thanks Bell for its continued efforts to reduce mental illness stigma and support mental health across Canada
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.
March 25, 2013 - Mental Health Commission of Canada releases comprehensive report on Canadians' mental health
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.
March 25, 2013 - Bell Let’s Talk Day sparks national conversation about mental health and how to reduce stigma
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.
March 25, 2013 - CMHA widens discussion on workplace mental health in Canada
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.
March 25, 2013 - CMHA 2013-2014 annual report now available
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.
March 25, 2013 - CMHA selected as charity of choice on MasterChef Canada’s holiday special
This holiday season, MasterChef Canada contestants will cook up a storm and CMHA may get the whole pie.
March 25, 2013 - CMHA and partners recognize volunteers who help survivors of suicide
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.
March 25, 2013 - Canada needs federal leadership to accelerate health innovation and improve system performance
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.
March 25, 2013 - CMHA announces its 2014 – 2015 National Board and Executive and its new Board Chair
Photo CMHA National Board 2014-15Toronto, 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.
March 25, 2013 - CMHA National Award Winners for 2014 are...
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.
March 25, 2013 - CMHA to honour organizations that foster mental health in the workplace
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.
March 25, 2013 - CMHA included in mental health guide as a leading resource for military members and their families
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.
March 25, 2013 - CMHA congratulates Clara Hughes for finishing her big ride across Canada and for taking the conversations about mental health and mental illness right across the country
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.
March 25, 2013 - The C.M. Hincks Award winner has been selected: Congratulations to ATB Financial!
Award presented at EASNA’s annual conference this week
March 25, 2013 - One Old Cell Phone in a Landfill is One Too Many
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.
March 25, 2013 - 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.
March 25, 2013 - The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health Proudly Announces the 2014 Champions of Mental Health Awards Recipients
(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.
March 25, 2013 - It’s Mental Health Week! May 5-11, 2014 Tell Us How You Really Feel
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?”    
March 25, 2013 - Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk rolls into communities around Canada to help end the stigma around mental illness
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.
March 25, 2013 - Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk gets ready to roll in support of Canadian mental health
  • 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
March 25, 2013 - CMHA encourages all Canadians to increase the volume and frequency of conversations about mental health in communities across the country on Bell Let’s Talk Day
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.
March 25, 2013 - Register for CMHA’s nation-wide annual workplace mental health conference: The Bottom Line Conference
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.
March 25, 2013 - 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.
March 25, 2013 - 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.
March 25, 2013 - 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.
March 25, 2013 - Calling all artists: Get creative with CMHA’s “Thank You” card contest!
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.
March 25, 2013 - The National Network for Mental Health launches redesigned website
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.
March 25, 2013 - CMHA and the Mental Health Commission of Canada sign mutually beneficial agreement
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.
March 25, 2013 - The CMHA National Award Winners for 2013 are…
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.
March 25, 2013 - Unleash the Noise 2014 - Student Mental Health Innovation Summit
Logo 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.
March 25, 2013 - 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.
March 25, 2013 - CMHA's 2012-13 Annual Report
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.
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March 25, 2013 - 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
March 25, 2013 - CMHA and Bell are reminding Canadians to support the Bell Blue Box Program during October
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.

 

March 25, 2013 - CMHA Toronto’s Mark Henick to share his inspirational story of recovery at upcoming TEDxToronto
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.
March 25, 2013 - Help CMHA and Aviva raise awareness and funds to reduce the stigma of mental illness with the Aviva Community Fund 1 Like = $1 Facebook Campaign – September 1-7
‘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.
March 25, 2013 - Support CMHA’s National Awards Program and recognize excellence within CMHA and among mental health leaders in across Canada
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.
March 25, 2013 - CMHA National Conference 2013 – Call for Abstracts extended to July 19, 2013
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.
March 25, 2013 - Medicine Shoppe's new fundraiser supports mental health one token at a time
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.
March 25, 2013 - Minister Blaney Announces National Launch of PTSD Mobile App and funding for PTSD Research
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.
March 25, 2013 - It’s Mental Health Week! May 6-12, 2013 - CMHA’s annual national awareness and education week
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.
March 25, 2013 - 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.
March 25, 2013 - CMHA BC CEO and National Board Member Awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal
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.
March 25, 2013 - CMHA’s 62nd Annual Mental Health Week will run Monday, May 6 to Sunday, May 12, 2013 and will focus on youth mental health
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.
March 25, 2013 - CMHA’s National Board announces 2012 – 2013 Executive Committee
The following Board members were re-elected/elected as Executive Committee members for 2012-2013:
March 25, 2013 - CMHA Mental Health Works program mentioned on Canada AM panel

Mental Health Works website 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.

March 25, 2013 - CMHA encourages all Canadians to increase the volume and frequency of conversations about mental health in communities across the country on Bell’s Let’s Talk Day

Bell Let's Talk DayToday is the third 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.

March 25, 2013 - 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
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.

March 25, 2013 - Happy Holidays from CMHA!

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!

March 25, 2013 - A Post-Regina Conference Update from the Chair of the National Consumer Advisory Council (NCAC)

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.

March 25, 2013 - The Canadian Mental Health Association champions the National Physician Survey

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).

March 25, 2013 - The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division Welcomes Camille Quenneville as CEO

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.

March 25, 2013 - The power of the moustache as an awareness tool will now support men’s mental health initiatives in Canada

Movember Canada announces today that it will be addressing mental health, in addition to prostate cancer, as part of its Movember 2012 campaign.

March 25, 2013 - 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.

March 25, 2013 - Calling on Consumers of Mental Health Services within the CMHA

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Your feedback is needed regarding a proposed model change for CMHA’s National Consumer Advisory Council (NCAC). Our voice will help to strengthen CMHA.

Here’s how...

March 25, 2013 - National Awards Update

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.

March 25, 2013 - 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."

March 25, 2013 - 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.

March 25, 2013 - 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.

March 25, 2013 - 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.

March 25, 2013 - 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.

March 25, 2013 - 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.”

March 25, 2013 - 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.
March 25, 2013 - 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.

March 25, 2013 - 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.

March 25, 2013 - 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.

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March 25, 2013 - Queen’s University Students Organize Mental Health Awareness Initiative

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.

March 25, 2013 - Celebrate Mental Health Week - May 7-13, 2012

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.

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