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CMHA statement on conversion ‘therapy’

Conversion ‘therapy’ is a harmful practice that puts the mental health of 2SLGBTQ+ people at risk The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is the most extensive community mental health organization…

Taking care of mental health on Parliament Hill

The pandemic has put a focus on mental health like never before. Perhaps mental health needs have never been so great. In fact, 41% of Canadians have seen their mental…

CMHA calls for direct investment in community mental health in budget 2022

The pandemic has had a devastating and lasting impact on the mental health of Canadians. Extended isolation, economic insecurity, fear of infection, and the loss of life and a sense…

Federal Election 2021 – All-Party Questionnaire

In August 2021, the Canadian Mental Health Association developed an election questionnaire for major federal political parties on mental health topics. The questionnaire asked parties to provide details regarding how…

Federal Election Infokit

CMHA believes federal investment in a pan-Canadian community mental health plan is the key to our collective recovery. CMHA invites candidates to become a mental health champion in this election campaign. We need…

Round 3 of national survey shows pandemic is taking an emotional toll

The pandemic is taking an emotional toll on people in Canada, as 77% of adults report feeling so-called negative emotions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The five most…

Women’s access to supervised consumption services: a study

As many Canadians continue to lose their lives to opioid poisonings, understanding how to prevent these tragic and preventable deaths is essential. The opioid poisoning crisis has been called a…

CMHA applauds Budget 2021 investments in Mental Health

ANNOUNCEMENT The Canadian Mental Health Association Applauds Budget 2021 Investments in Mental Health Toronto, April 20, 2021: Today, Margaret Eaton, National CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), the…

Investing in community-based mental health services for long-term pandemic recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused extreme national anxiety with mental health effects like nothing we have seen before. Research suggests that Canadians will still be struggling with their mental health long after a vaccine is available. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has made the…

A new “Social Contract” for a Mentally Healthy Canada

Canada has been suffering through a mental health crisis that has worsened since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Declared a public health emergency in many parts of Canada last…

Statement on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)

Canadian Mental Health Association on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) Toronto, ON February 23, 2021: The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is deeply disappointed that the government supports allowing those…

New national survey finds Canadians’ mental health eroding

The second wave of the pandemic has intensified feelings of stress and anxiety, causing alarming levels of despair, suicidal thoughts and hopelessness in the Canadian population. This, according to the…

Presentation to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs regarding Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)

Comments provided by the Canadian Mental Health Association to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs regarding Medical Assistance in Dying and Bill C-7, on November 23rd, 2020:…

Online supports for COVID-19 stress are there—but Canadians aren’t accessing them

Many Canadians are not making use of virtual resources that could help them cope with the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest analysis of a…

Muslim Women’s Mental Health: a study

The community-based research project, Muslim Women’s Mental Health, asked Muslim women in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) to describe their first-hand experiences of mental health and mental health…

Statement on Universal Basic Income

When the COVID-19 pandemic caused sudden and unprecedented job loss, Canada moved swiftly. The COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan – of which the CERB is a part – provided temporary income…

Prebudget submission 2021

Investing in focused areas of support to ensure long-term mental health recovery for Canadians The COVID-19 pandemic has caused extreme national anxiety with mental health effects like nothing we have…

Statement on police and wellness checks

Mental illness is not a crime The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is deeply concerned by the recent deaths of individuals experiencing a mental health crisis across Canada stemming from…

COVID-19 and Mental Health: Heading Off an Echo Pandemic

INTRODUCTION: THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON MENTAL HEALTHIn Canada, COVID-19, or coronavirus disease, has caused thousands of deaths and continuesto endanger lives. Since the World Health Organization declared the outbreak…

COVID-19 effects on the mental health of vulnerable populations: Wave 1

The pandemic has caused intense stress and disruption for all people in Canada, and is causing pronounced mental health concerns, including suicidal thoughts and feelings, in various subgroups of the…

Going it Alone: The mental health and well-being of Canada’s entrepreneurs

It is often said that small business is the backbone of the Canadian economy and that when entrepreneurs succeed, so does Canada. Considering the importance of small and medium-sized businesses to the…

Cohesive, Collaborative, Collective: Advancing Mental Health Promotion in Canada

To mark its 68th annual Mental Health Week, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) calls for a national mental health promotion strategy to help shore up Canadians’ mental health in the…

Mental Health in the Balance: Ending the Health Care Disparity in Canada

The Canadian Mental Health Association calls for new legislation to bring mental health into balance with physical health.  Over half of Canadians (53%) consider anxiety and depression to be ‘epidemic’ in Canada, with…

CMHA responds to Government of Canada announcement on Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare

On June 20, 2018, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance, announced that the Government has appointed six Canadians as members of the Advisory Council…

Care not Corrections: Relieving the Opioid Crisis in Canada

In response to escalating rates of opioid-related harms in Canada and the connections with mental illness and addictions, the Canadian Mental Health Association developed an in-depth evidence-based policy paper directed…

CMHA Position on Medical Assistance in Dying

With the passing of Bill C-14, the Canadian Mental Health Association raises concern regarding the criteria eligibility of mental illnesses for medical assistance in dying (MAiD). Specifically, CMHA holds the…

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…