Founded in 1918, CMHA is a national charity that helps maintain and improve mental health for all Canadians. With more than 10,000 staff and volunteers in more than 100 community locations across Canada, CMHA provides vital services and support to well over half a million Canadians every year. As the nation-wide leader and champion for mental health, CMHA helps people access the community resources they need to build resilience and support recovery from mental illness.
For mental health and mental illness information, resources and tools and to find a CMHA community location, please go to www.cmha.ca.
ABOUT MH4A CONFERENCE
CMHA held its inaugural Mental Health for All Conference (MH4A) in the fall of 2016. The second Annual Mental Health for All (MH4A) Conference will be held in Toronto on September 18-20, 2017.
CMHA had envisioned the first MH4A conference as the “go-to” event in Canada for mental health, mental illness and addiction. The conference fulfilled that promise, bringing together leaders, researchers, people with lived experience and those working on the frontlines from across the country. A capacity crowd of 470 delegates filled the halls and breakout rooms at the Toronto Hilton, and enjoyed two full conference days (and one pre-conference day) of informative, compelling and challenging presentations that will advance innovations in the field.
Next stop: Mental health For All 2017, September 18-20, 2017, Toronto
Abstracts for the 2017 MH4A conference are currently being accepted here until February 24, 2017.
Change is in the air for mental health in Canada – you can feel it. But it will take the entire nation to harness those winds of change and make it real.
That’s why the theme of the second annual MH4A Conference 2017 is It takes a nation.
Here’s what we mean: we mean that mental health transformation requires the whole of government and the whole of Canada to implement solutions to problems that are already well understood. We mean that transforming our mental health response isn’t just about Health. It’s about investments in housing through social infrastructure; it’s about a continuum of employment supports. It’s about promoting mental health in schools and in workplaces. And it is about addressing the needs and leveraging the strengths of our diverse population.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a mental health agenda. He included specific mental health deliverables in several Ministers’ mandate letters and, in others, he has mandated action to address the social determinants of health.
It is not a new idea, this comprehensive approach. It’s worked in other jurisdictions experiencing similar complex challenges. We can learn from the experiences of others and co-create the path ahead to truly transform the face of mental health in Canada.
So while we’re calling on our Government for leadership and action, including proportional investment, we’re also calling out to you: to people with lived experience, people providing services on the frontlines and in your offices, researchers, policy and decision-makers, and funders.
We’re organizing our conference streams to align with Federal priorities included in mandate letters and to highlight and showcase how comprehensive and meaningful change can be accomplished when we put our minds together.
Submit your abstract before February 24, 2017 and plan to attend MH4A 2017 on September 18-20.