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How to Leave a Legacy

Protect Mental Health 

Supporting mental health means that you understand that mental health is fundamental to living a good life – and needs celebrating, protecting, and strengthening. You understand that mental health needs investment.  

For many, the best way to make a transformative gift is to leave a legacy for mental health. A gift that can be made outside the monthly budget, that creates lasting change and leaves a legacy of empowerment and compassion.  

Our legacy donors are building a new Canada. A mental healthcare system where no one falls through the gaps. A society where all of us are supported to thrive.  

I believe that leaving a legacy to CMHA to support mental health for all is like making a gift to my family’s and my community’s future. This makes sure there’s always a warm and supportive place for them, even when I’m not here. 

Anonymous Donor 

Leave a legacy with a gift in your will. 

The easiest way to leave a legacy for mental health is through a gift in your will. You can choose to leave CMHA a specific sum of money, or a percentage of the value of your estate.  

Learn more here
 

What Difference Can I Make? 

When Canadians think of mental health services, they often think of care that is delivered in a hospital to people with acute mental illness. But there are services and supports that can be delivered in the community to head off mental illness and promote and nurture mental health.  

CMHA works to keep people mentally healthy in the first place. CMHA acts before mental illness, so that it doesn’t take hold. Our work is about keeping people out of crisis. It is about keeping people out of hospitals, both before mental illness can occur, and after a crisis has passed.  

We know that much mental illness can be prevented and that mental health can be protected. We know that mental health is something we can strengthen.  

Your support of CMHA National can make transformational change in mental health and well-being. With your help, we can harness a vast, grassroots movement to promote changes at the national level in policy, culture, and service delivery. Your gift will help take pressure off the medical mental health care system. But more still, your legacy will change the way people understand mental health, and how they get care for years to come. 

CMHA is the most established, most extensive community mental health organization in Canada. Its national scope and community programs give CMHA an unequalled depth and breadth. Your legacy gift can have a significant positive impact on the mental health of Canadians.  

What Can I Give? 

There are many ways to leave a legacy, and it’s important to know the possibilities and decide what works best for you and your family. We provide some options here, but we suggest you discuss your plans with your loved ones and a professional advisor as well.   

Find more information on gifts by will here.  
Find sample wording for a gift by will here

Contact Us 

We would be pleased to help you and your advisors arrange a legacy gift. Please feel free to contact Ariel Shneer, National Director, Development to discuss how a legacy can meet your goals and improve mental health for all.  

416-646-5557 x 24938 or [email protected]

This information is not intended to constitute or replace specific professional advice. Donors considering a legacy gift should speak to an advisor with appropriate tax and other expertise to implement a strategy that achieves their objectives.