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Public Policy

The Canadian Mental Health Association is the only association in Canada that addresses all aspects of mental health and mental illness. We promote and advocate through strong connections we forge with policymakers, mental health consumers and their families, educators, the media, stakeholders and other service providers.
CMHA’s National office influences public policy at the federal level with a multi-faceted approach that includes strengthening our relationship with government officials and politicians. In addition, we focus on the ongoing submission of briefs and presentations to Standing Committees on Finance, Health, Human Resources Development, Justice and others.
CMHA Policy Statements articulate the general principles and recommendations relating to a particular issue which are endorsed by the CMHA.

February 15, 2004 Income Inequality as a Determinant of Health

This summary published by Health Canada highlights the research on growing evidence for the link between social and economic status and health.

January 1, 2004 A Framework for Support

A Framework for Support is CMHA’s central policy regarding people with mental illness. This third edition retained the integrity of the model and is now positioned within the current context of population health, health promotion, and recovery. A Framework for Support, Third Edition, offers the best of something old and something new; and while the Framework has grown and changed over time, its original core principles continue to be as vibrant and relevant as ever.

January 1, 2004 Caregiver Support and Mental Health

This backgrounder on caregiver support was created for the CMHA’s Citizens for Mental Health forum series to provide an overview of the issue and highlight government and community-based responses.

October 15, 2003 Participating in Federal Public Policy: A Guide for the Voluntary Sector

This resource by the Calgary Volunteer Sector Initiative is designed to help voluntary organizations participate in the federal public policy development process. The guide also gives federal government departments insight into how to involve their voluntary sector counterparts more effectively. The development of this resource was funded by the Government of Canada through the Capacity Joint Table (CJT) of the Voluntary Sector Initiative.

April 30, 2003 Housing, Health and Mental Health

This housing backgrounder was developed by the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) Citizens for Mental Health project: a two year project which came to a close in May 2004. The project goal was to enhance the capacity of the voluntary sector to engage in federal level policy initiatives related to mental health. Through a series of consultations with a range of voluntary sector organizations, housing was identified as a key determinant related to the mental health of every community.

April 30, 2003 Income Security, Health and Mental Health

This income security backgrounder was developed by the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) Citizens for Mental Health project: a two year project which came to a close in May 2004. The project goal was to enhance the capacity of the voluntary sector to engage in federal level policy initiatives related to mental health. Through a series of consultations with a range of voluntary sector organizations, income security was identified as a key determinant related to the mental health of every community.

April 30, 2003 Social Union Framework: Backgrounder

This backgrounder on the social union framework was created for the CMHA’s Citizens for Mental Health forum series to provide an overview of the issue and highlight government and community-based responses.

April 30, 2003 Home Care: Backgrounder

This backgrounder on home care was created for the CMHA’s Citizens for Mental Health forum series to provide an overview of the issue and highlight government and community-based responses.

April 30, 2003 Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health: Backgrounder

This backgrounder on immigrant & refugee mental healtwas created for the CMHA’s Citizens for Mental Health forum series to provide an overview of the issue and highlight government and community-based responses.

April 30, 2003 Backgrounder: A Framework for Support

This backgrounder on CMHA’s Framework for Support model was created for the Citizens for Mental Health forum series to provide an overview of the issue and highlight government and community-based responses.