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Frequently Asked Questions about Supporting CMHA Ontario

What does CMHA Ontario do?

Our activities include transferring knowledge about mental health and mental illness to all Ontarians, developing mental health policy, and supporting our 32 branches in their front-line work.

What do CMHA Ontario’s local branches do?

Community mental health care encompasses a wide variety of programs and services designed to meet local needs. Local CMHA branches work with people who have experienced mental illness or psychiatric disabilities, their families, and other members of the community to:

  • provide community-based support services that help people who have psychiatric disabilities improve the quality of their lives in accordance with their defined needs
  • provide information and education to increase knowledge and understanding of mental health and mental illness and services that promote mental health
  • advocate for public policies that lead to improved quality of life for people with psychiatric disabilities, their families and their community

For general descriptions of the various programs and services offered by CMHA branches in Ontario, visit the branch locator.

For more information about a particular program, please contact the branch. For general comments or questions, contact us.

What is CMHA Ontario’s relationship with the government?

CMHA Ontario liaises with the government to provide balanced, knowledgeable commentary on government policy and directions that can enhance the lives of people with mental illness, their families and service providers. We are also funded by the government to provide information to the public, promote mental health and educate Ontarians about mental illness and how to navigate the mental health system.

How do I become a monthly donor?

Becoming a member of our monthly giving club, Partners in Mental Health, is an easy and convenient way to give and helps save postage and administrative costs. You can donate $10, $25, $35, $50, $100, or an amount of your choice, per month. At any time, you can change the amount or even cancel, just by writing to us.

Partners in Mental Health will receive one tax receipt for all monthly gifts made in a calendar year (mailed the following January).

How do I make an In Memoriam or In Tribute gift?

Making a donation in memory of or in tribute to a friend or family member is a meaningful way to let others know you care. You can honour someone on a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary, and show them you care about the issues of mental health.

If you prefer to make a donation over the phone, please call Susan Macartney at 416-977-5580 ext. 4122 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday.

What is a planned gift?

A planned gift is a type of charitable donation that requires planning on the part of the donor. It refers to those donations having legal, tax and investment implications requiring professional advice, usually from a lawyer, accountant, and/or financial planning professional. Some planned gifts are paid during the donor’s lifetime while others are not paid until after the death of the donor.

One of the most common planned gifts is a bequest paid from the estate of a deceased donor. Other planned gifts include donations of assets such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and other securities, as well as life insurance. Your lawyer, accountant, or financial planning professional can help you understand the specific implications of donating any of these kinds of assets.

How can I help CMHA Ontario?

There are lots of ways you can get involved, including speaking up, volunteering, and attending an event.