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Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario
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January 23, 2013 Landmark partnership will make fitness sector more accessible for people with mental health-related disabilities

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division (CMHA), in partnership with YMCA Ontario and Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO), has launched the Enabling Minds project. The goal is to reduce barriers that prevent people with mental health-related disabilities from accessing physical activity programs and resources at community centres, fitness clubs, parks and other recreational fitness facilities. The Enabling Minds project is funded by the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario’s EnAbling Change Program.

January 17, 2013 CMHA applauds the new, higher standard for workplace mental health promotion and protection

CMHA to play an important role in helping workplaces implement new Standard

Today, Canada takes an important step for mental health as the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and the Bureau de Normalisation du Quebec (BNQ) release the country’s first-ever national workplace Standard, The National Standard of Canada – Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace – Prevention, promotion and guidance to staged implementationCMHA applauds the release of the Standard, which defines and sets a higher standard for workplace mental health.

November 8, 2012 How's your mental fitness?

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), in Proud Partnership with the AIR MILES Reward Program and Healthy Minds Canada (HMC), Launches New Highly-Interactive Website Designed to Help Canadians Improve Their Mental Fitness

Today, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in proud partnership with the AIR MILES Reward Program and Healthy Minds Canada (HMC), launched a new website called, ‘My New Head’ (, which focuses on helping Canadians of all ages improve their mental fitness. But, the benefits don’t end there, as a bonus for signing up, participants will receive 20 AIR MILES reward miles. “There can be ‘no health without mental health’ and there is no greater investment than the investment one can make in sustaining and building mental health throughout one’s life,” says Peter Coleridge, National CEO, CMHA. “We are truly excited to launch this new and innovative mental health website designed to help Canadians learn about and improve their mental fitness. We encourage all Canadians to visit the website, work their way through the various tasks and challenges, and earn 20 AIR MILES reward miles while doing so.”

October 2, 2012 The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division Welcomes Camille Quenneville as CEO

The Board of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division (CMHA, Ontario) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Camille Quenneville as its incoming Chief Executive Officer.

July 25, 2011 CMHA Ontario Applauds the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police for their Commitment to Protecting the Privacy of Individuals with Mental Health Conditions

(TORONTO, July 25, 2011) – Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario applauds the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) for their commitment to protecting the privacy of individuals with mental health conditions through the development of their new provincial guideline for conducting police records checks.

March 30, 2011 Ontario and OFCMHAP Applaud Provincial Government's Three Year Commitment to Improving Mental Health and Addiction Services in Ontario

CMHA, Ontario and OFCMHAP applaud the Ontario Government’s commitment to address the needs of the millions of Ontarians who know first-hand the impacts of mental illness and addictions. We strongly support and await the release of a new 10-year mental health strategy. This budget’s commitment to grow funding for mental health services to $93 million per year by 2013/14 is a very positive and important step.

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October 6, 2010 Upcoming Canadian Mental Health Association Conference All About Changing How We Think About Mental Illness

TORONTO, Oct. 6 — The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) presents Thriving in 2010 and Beyond: Defining Our Roles, Exploring Control, Designing the Whole, a national mental health conference in London, Ontario on October 22 – 24, 2010 at the London Convention Centre. Special keynote speakers include: CBC Radio One’s The Next Chapter host Shelagh Rogers; former editor of Chatelaine Magazine and author of From Wanting to Die to Loving My Life: How I Beat Depression, Rona Maynard; and Mr. Justice Edward Ormston, among others.

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August 26, 2010 Three Provincial Umbrella Organizations Applaud Newly Released Select Committee Report on Mental Health and Addictions

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division (CMHA, Ontario), the Ontario Federation of Community Mental Health and Addiction Programs (the Federation), and the Ontario Peer Development Initiative (OPDI) wish to congratulate and express their strong support for the work and directions set by Ontario’s Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions in its final report, Navigating the Journey to Wellness: The Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for Ontarians, that was released today.

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November 19, 2009 CMHA Ontario Applauds and Supports Proposed New Bill That Protects the Financial Savings of Ontarians with Disabilities

CMHA, Ontario applauds the creation of the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) plan, recently announced in Budget 2007, and fully supports the passing of Bill 94 because the Bill recognizes the value of providing financial security to Ontario’s most vulnerable. Bill 94 was introduced to the Ontario Legislature on June 12, 2008 through a private member’s Bill and has passed the first reading. It will go to second reading on December 11, 2008.

May 4, 2009 Recession-Stressed Workers Need Employers' Support

New study shows increased anxiety in the workplace

Toronto — They’re stressed, anxious, worried about their jobs. They’re losing sleep and they’re losing confidence in the economy. Many Canadian employees are showing these and other signs of mental distress.