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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, 2003 Social Determinants of Health: The Solid Facts

This publication by the World Health Organization examines this social gradient in health, and explains how psychological and social influences affect physical health and longevity. It then looks at what is known about the most important social determinants of health today, and the role that public policy can play in shaping a social environment that is more conducive to better health.

February 8, 2003 Report on the Workshop on Suicide-Related Research in Canada

The purpose of the Workshop on Suicide-Related Research in Canada, held in Montreal February 7-8, 2003, was to develop a national, collaborative agenda on research related to suicide in Canada. This workshop brought together 43 practitioners, researchers and representatives of non-governmental organizations, Aboriginal communities, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Health Canada for an exploratory consultation focused on the development of a national agenda on research focused on both suicide and suicide-related behaviour.

January 17, 2003 Housing: A Social Necessity

Following a two year consultation with a range of voluntary sector organizations from across Canada, the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Citizens for Mental Health project determined housing as a key determinant related to the mental health of every community. As such, it was concluded that to improve the mental health of all, governments must ensure access to safe, affordable and appropriate housing as individual circumstances necessitate.

January 15, 2003 Not Strangers in These Parts: Urban Aboriginal Peoples

The seventeen papers contained in this volume by the Policy Research Initiative from the Government of Canada explore issues that face public policy makers as they begin to work toward programs and policies that will address the aspirations and needs of Aboriginal people and communities in urban areas.

December 15, 2002 The Social Determinants of Health: An Overview of the Implications for Policy and the Role of the Health Sector

In late 2002, 400 social and health policy experts, community representatives, and health researchers met at York University at a conference entitled “Social Determinants of Health Across the Life-Span”. The purpose of the conference was to consider the state of key social determinants of health (SDOH) across Canada, explore the implications for the health of Canadians, and discuss policy directions to strengthen these social determinants of health. This overview is based on the papers and presentations from the conference, including an overview presentation by Dennis Raphael.

December 1, 2002 The Effects of Depression and Anxiety on Canadian Society

This independent survey was conducted by Leger Marketing in December 2002 and January 2003. It explores the effects of depression and anxiety on Canadian society by compiling and comparing regional statistics.

June 15, 2002 An Inclusion Lens: Workbook for Looking at Social and Economic Exclusion and Inclusion

A tool by Health Canada for analyzing legislation, policies, programs and practices to determine whether they promote the social and economic inclusion of individuals, families, and communities.

Access the tool here.

March 1, 2002 National Study on Balancing Work, Family and Lifestyle

Throughout the 1990s, technological change and the need to be globally competitive increased the pressures on organizations and employees alike. Taken together, these changes suggest it is time for another rigorous empirical look at the issue of work-life conflict. The research outlined in this report and the others in the series was designed to provide business and labour leaders, policy makers and academics with an objective “big picture” view on what has happened in this area in Canada in the last decade and what the current situation is. As such, it will allow interested parties to separate the rhetoric from the reality with respect to work-life conflict.

February 15, 2002 Response to the Correctional Service of Canadas Proposed Mental Health Strategy for Women Prisoners

This response by the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) outlines two basic principles that the CAEFS believes should guide the development of mental health services policy for women by the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC).

February 15, 2002 Aboriginal Health - Health Transition Fund Synthesis Series

A key background document by Health Canada which provides a general context of research into Aboriginal health in Canada. Discusses federal-level policy change required to address health inequities.