Canadian Mental Health Association – Edmonton
The Canadian Mental Health Association is the most extensive and established community mental health organization in Canada. Founded in 1918, CMHA is 103 years old and is one of the longest-serving not-for-profit organizations in the country with 330 locations across 11 provincial and territorial divisions. CMHA is the only national organization whose work spans the full scope of issues related to mental health, mental illness, problematic substance use, and addictions.
At the community level, people rely on CMHA’s extensive grassroots presence, offering a variety of community-based mental health programs, services, resources, and supports. These include mental health promotion, patient navigation, suicide prevention, youth and campus mental health, peer support, addiction services, eating disorders, social and emotional learning (SEL), employment and housing supports, and many others.
At the national level, CMHA works on behalf of its branches, regions, and divisions to:
- Advocate for mental health system change;
- Educate people about mental illness, and about mental health and how to take care of it; and
- Shift societal beliefs and behaviours to create a climate of understanding and acceptance.
Mental Health Facts:
- Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague. Mental illness affects people of all ages, educational and income levels, and cultures.
- In any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness.
- The mortality rate due to suicide among men is four times the rate among women.
- CMHA National and the University of British Columbia studied the mental health impacts of Wave 2 of COVID-19 and found: