News and Events
OTTAWA, December 6, 2013 – Over the last several days, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) have been moved by the recent deaths by suicide within the Canadian military and are concerned about suicidal behaviour among university students and military veterans. We are deeply saddened by these personal and societal tragedies and share in the devastating impact these have on family members, colleagues, friends and on university campuses across the country.
(Ottawa) December 6, 2013 – As members of Canada’s mental health community, the Canadian Alliance for Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) are deeply saddened by losses of life by suicide.
Following an announcement by the Government of Canada that it will re-instate Bill C-54 (to be re-numbered Bill C-14), the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act, in the Senate of Canada, a coalition of 12 national health organizations are looking to collaborate with the government to amend the Bill so it supports victims without perpetuating the stigma and discrimination of mental illness.
If you are an artist and an individual who has experienced mental health issues, your original art could become an official CMHA Thank You card. Enter now, contest ends December 22, 2013.
The National Network for Mental Health’s (NNMH) newly designed website has now been launched. The focus of NNMH, which is run by and for mental health consumer/survivors, is to network with Canadian consumer/survivors and family and friends of consumer/survivors to provide opportunities for resource sharing, information distribution and education on mental health issues.
CMHA’s 2013 nation-wide conference closed with the signing of important Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). This agreement is an exciting development in the relationship between the MHCC and CMHA and for the Canadian mental health sector.
This year, two awards were presented during CMHA’s nation-wide conference in Ottawa last month. These were: the Consumer Involvement and the Strengthening CMHA Awards – both internal CMHA awards.
Unleash the Noise 2014 is Canada’s Student-Led Mental Health Innovation Summit, sponsored by The Jack Project. Each year, this summit brings together 200 students from high schools, colleges and universities from every province and territory to develop innovative strategies and create one powerful voice for mental health. By engaging students and focusing on the strengths of young people, student delegates will be inspired and empowered to fundamentally change the way they think about mental health. After the summit, students will return to their respective school communities equipped with the ideas and tools that they need to create real and substantial change.
Unleash the Noise 2014 will take place in Toronto on February 28th and March 1st, 2014.
OTTAWA, October 25, 2014 – The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) commends the Government of Canada for its recognition in last week’s Speech from the Throne that Canada is, above all else, an inclusive, caring society and that it is the federal government’s intention to, “take further steps to see that those traditionally under-represented in the workforce, including people with disabilities, youth, and Aboriginal Canadians, find the job-training they need”. CMHA also remains optimistic that it can work with the Government and other stakeholders to markedly improve the legislation related to “violent offenders found not criminally responsible for their actions” that will be re-introduced during this Parliamentary session.
Addressing the Social Determinants of Mental Health and Addictions
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Oct 16th, 2013 | Institutes
Oct 17th-18th | Conference
CMHA Ottawa is pleased to host the 2013 National CMHA Conference at the Delta Ottawa City Centre, 101 Lyon Street, Ottawa, ON
The Canadian Mental Health Association is proud to join Senator Romeo Dallaire by lending a helping hand to promote Canada’s first National Conference on Peer Support to be held in Halifax Nova Scotia from 30 April to 2 May 2014.
September 9, 10, & 11, 2013
Schizophrenia Society of Canada
2013 National Conference
Fort Garry Hotel & Conference Centre
Hosted by the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society
Campaign aims to raise awareness and funds in support of workplace mental health
Partners for Mental Health (PFMH) and CMHA will officially launch the ‘Not Myself Today’ workplace mental health campaign across Canada on May 9th and it will run to June 6th.
This is primarily a fundraising campaign that will solicit funds and support for improving mental health in the workplace while bringing issues related to workplace mental health to the forefront. PFMH has designated CMHA workplace mental health programs and services and its annual Bottom Line Conference as the focus of this campaign.
The final day of the campaign, June 6th will be Not Myself Day @ Work. On this day, there will be a blitz of activity with special events in workplaces across Canada.
For more information and to support CMHA and workplace mental health, please visit the ‘Not Myself Today’ website.
The 2013 National Bottom Line Conference on Workplace Mental Health in Vancouver, February 27-28, is fast approaching.
The Bottom Line Conference (BLC) is an annual CMHA conference that addresses workplace mental health issues. With the release of Canada’s first-ever national workplace Standard, The National Standard of Canada – Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace – Prevention, promotion and guidance to staged implementation (The Standard) in January, this year’s conference, Celebrating a New Era in Workplace Mental Health: Putting National Standards into Practice, will focus on ways to implement the new standard, how to improve mental health in the workplace and how CMHA can help.
Grow a ‘stache’ and support male mental health initiatives in Canada
The beginning of November marks the start of Movember’s month-long fundraising campaign that challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. Movember Canada announced in September that it will be addressing mental health, in addition to prostate cancer, as part of its Movember 2012 campaign.
After 10 months of extensive consultation with hundreds of CMHA locations across the country and with key mental health partners, CMHA is sharing, during Mental Illness Awareness Week, its vision for the future and telling its compelling story of upcoming transformation.
September 27-28, 2012
The Coast Plaza Hotel, Vancouver, BC
Recovery Is Not Possible without Housing
The goal of this housing symposium is to launch a national community of practice as a mechanism to support further developments in relation to housing and supports for people living with a mental health problem or a mental illness. There are many excellent programs that focus on housing and related supports throughout Canada. These programs include a broad spectrum of housing with supportive approaches that make the link between housing, supportive structures and the contribution to recovery and wellness.
At this conference we will network, learn, share practices and discuss common challenges that hinder the development of our practice, as well as opportunities to further contribute to national advancements in housing and related supports for people living with a mental health problem or a mental illness in Canada.
For details and registration, visit www.psrrpscanada.ca.
February 27-28, 2013
Vancouver Convention Centre, BC
Celebrating a New Era in Workplace Mental Health: Putting National Standards into Practice
Bottom Line Conference 2013 is a national conference that addresses what you need to know about promoting psychologically safe and healthy workplaces. Across Canada, employers are increasingly expected to protect workers’ mental health. Soon, employers and labour will be able to make use of the new National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. Attend Bottom Line 2013 to learn and discuss practical ways to implement the standard and meet legislative expectations.
Visit www.bottomlineconference.ca for details.
October 3, 2012
Holiday Inn & Suites, Windsor, ON
The 3rd annual Mental Health and the Workplace Conference: a one-day conference hosted by the Canadian Mental Health Association, Windsor-Essex County Branch. At the recently renovated Holiday Inn & Suites – Ambassador Bridge – 1855 Huron Church Road, Windsor ON
8am-9am Breakfast and registration
9am- 4:30pm Workshops
Keynote Lunch Speaker: Victoria Maxwell
Mental Health Speaker, Educator, Actor and Writer
Victoria will share her ‘lived’ experience with mental illness and recovery in a special luncheon show.