Since its inception over seventy years ago, the Canadian Mental Health Association has been a unique advocate for the chronically mentally ill. During the past decade, CMHA has expanded its mandate from promoting service delivery to active support of self-help initiatives and the community resource base. The protection of individual rights in therapeutic programs and […]Continue readingAdvocacy and Persons with Long-Term Mental Health Problems
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.
Social inequality has damaging consequences for the mental and emotional well-being of women. Throughout their lives, women may be considered “at risk” of developing emotional problems due to a host of social factors. Limited participation in public life, restricted decision-making, devalued role expectations, poverty, violence and sexual abuse undermine the potential for emotional well-being. Social […]Continue readingWomen and Mental Health
A number of studies on women’s health have demonstrated strong links between health status and socioeconomic factors affecting women. Limited participation in public life, restricted decision-making, devalued role expectations, poverty, violence and sexual abuse encumber the potential for mental well-being. Social and economic stresses, coupled with the inequitable burdens imposed by role expectations, often have […]Continue readingWomen and Health Care
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is a strong supporter of the need for a strong consumer voice in all aspects of mental illness/mental health policy, planning, and delivery – from participation to decision-making to choice. As articulated in CMHA’s Framework for Support model, consumers – that is, people who have had direct experience with […]Continue readingConsumer Involvement
Mental illness is a major health issue for society and for government. Discrimination persists in the organization and provision of hospital care and community health care for people with mental illness. The Canadian Mental Health Association is working actively to maintain and to improve a health care system in which the principles of universal access, […]Continue readingMental Health Services
Income security is a key determinant of health related to the mental health of communities. Canadian and international studies support the role income security plays in defining the socio-economic status and its relation to health outcomes. Those representing higher social and economic strata are more likely to experience more positive states of (mental) health and […]Continue readingIncome Security and Productivity
For some time now, the CMHA has struggled with the issue of community committal or compulsory community treatment. Proposed as an alternative or a supplement to involuntary hospitalization, community committal has strong support from family groups and the psychiatric profession. Many consumer groups are as strongly opposed. Views on community committal are influenced by personal […]Continue readingCommunity Committal
Project IN4M is a three-phase research project, jointly funded by Health Canada and the Mental Health Commission. It’s overall goal is to improve the accessibility of high-quality mental-health services “through needs-based predictive modelling of health, social, education, criminal justice and private sector human resources – including informal caregivers.” Phase One, the subject of this report, […]Continue readingProject IN4M: Summary Final Report
Overall, Phase One of Project IN4M confirms that the potential exists to put in place a reliable, needs-based predictive model built around incidence and prevalence of mental health disorders and leading practices here in Canada and imported from other countries such as Australia. While the project confirms that mental health is, for the most part, […]Continue readingProject IN4M: Final Report
Project IN4M is a multi-sectoral project managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in association with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). This collaborative initiative proposes to explore the feasibility of taking needs-based human resources planning from theory to practice in the mental health domain. The MHCC sees a need for a predictive tool […]Continue readingProject IN4M: Literature Review and Environmental Scan