The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) unveiled its newly designed national website today. The new site, part of CMHA’s new strategic plan, provides mental health and mental illness information unlike any other online resource in Canada. It has a more modern look, including a refreshed CMHA logo, and boasts upgrades that will allow visitors to find information on mental health and mental illness more easily, engage in conversations and discover ways to get involved with CMHA.
“The new National website design is more visually appealing and allows users to find what they’re looking for more intuitively,” says Scott Mitchell, Director, Knowledge Transfer, CMHA Ontario and Project Lead on the redesigned website.
Designed in partnership with Bell Business Markets, CMHA’s website redevelopment is just one of the ways Bell is supporting mental health initiatives in Canada.
“Bell is very proud of our ongoing support for CMHA as a key element of the Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative. I believe our significant investment in the new CMHA national website will be a pivotal strategy for the CMHA to communicate with and engage its clients, volunteers, regional Branches and the general public,” says Mary Deacon, Chair, Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative.
Here are five upgrades that will help you find mental health and mental illness information and services more easily:
- Searchable Document Library — Browse by topic or use the improved search engine to find CMHA fact sheets and other publications.
- Improved Branch Locator — It is now easier to find local mental health and mental illness services in your community. The upgraded Branch Locator allows you to search for CMHA branches by city or postal code.
- Sharing CMHA branch news and events from across Canada — The redesigned website makes it easier for CMHA branches across Canada to share their news and events.
- Engage in dialogue — Website visitors will now be able to comment on CMHA news and event postings and engage in conversations through CMHA’s social media channels.
- Visually appealing — The redesigned website and logo have a more modern look and feel.
The new national website is designed to connect people who are directly or indirectly affected by mental health issues to reliable and up-to-date information so they can learn about practical ways to maintain and improve mental health and talk about mental illness.
The new website also brings together 20 CMHA branch and division websites to create a multi-site network and collaborative workspace that will better serve the needs of Canadians looking for mental health information.
“This website profiles CMHA branches more effectively and is designed to drive visitors to their local community branches,” adds Mitchell. “But more importantly, the new website will educate and engage visitors by bringing them into a dialogue about mental health and empower them to contribute to the cause of mental health.”
“Since 1918, CMHA has been a champion for mental health and has played an important role in improving people’s understanding of mental health and mental illness,” says Peter Coleridge, National CEO, CMHA. “The redesigned, dynamic website will further CMHA’s work to improve mental health for all and reduce the discrimination and stigma associated with mental health issues.”