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You will find below an invitation from Statistics Canada to participate in a crowd-sourcing collection initiative to better understand how Canadians are doing during the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage everyone to take part.

Invitation from Statistics Canada: 

Statistics Canada is collecting data on the impacts of COVID-19 on Canadians’ mental health and well-being.

Your participation is important: Your voice matters Continue reading

All of us at RPLYT are committed to supporting Peer Supporters throughout the COVID_19 Pandemic.

We understand that many people who receive peer support, and in fact many people in our communities, have fears about this virus and what the impact will be; both immediately and long term.

RPLYT’s Commitment to Supporting Peer Supporters

Starting this week and continuing as long as we need to, RPLYT will hold a FREE 1 hour peer support for Peer Supporters on Zoom as well as a Facebook Live session. Continue reading

In 2018, Canada agreed to follow the Optional Protocol (OP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The Optional Protocol is an additional part of the CRPD that allows people to make a complaint to the United Nations, if they believe their rights under the CRPD have been violated.

In celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, 2019, ARCH launched a project called OP Lab: Learning, Sharing, Actioning. ARCH lawyers and ARCH’s disability community partners from across Canada invite you to engage in the Optional Protocol Lab a series of learning workshops Continue reading

DAWN Canada’s research report comes as recently released Statistics Canada data confirms that 24% of women in Canada live with a disability.

More Than A Footnote: A Research Report on Women and Girls with Disabilities in Canada examines in depth longstanding issues women and girls with disabilities face – social exclusion, high rates of violence, poverty and, homelessness, barriers to education and employment and lack of accessible services. Continue reading

Know an Exceptional Mental Health Advocate or Researcher? Nominate them today!
CAMIMH Opens Nominations for the 2018 Champions Awards

January 15, 2018 – The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) has opened
its online portal for nominations for the Champions of Mental Health Awards. The Champions Awards is an
annual gala devoted to recognizing outstanding individuals and organizations for their contributions to mental
This year, nominations will be accepted in the following categories:
1. The Sharon Johnston Champion of Mental Health Award for Youth – Any Canadian 21 and younger
who has shown leadership in his or her community in promoting mental health and/or mental illness
awareness, or any organization dedicated to providing services for youth
2. Media – Any media personality or outlet who has contributed to public awareness of mental health
or mental illness awareness
3. Workplace Mental Health – Any employer or employee who has contributed to creating a mentally
healthy workplace for staff
4. Community Organization – Any organization that has provided great public service to community
members experiencing mental illness
5. Community Individual – Any person, who through personal commitment, has increased awareness
about mental illness or reduced stigma in his or her community
6. Parliamentarian – Any provincial or federal Parliamentarian who has advanced the mental health
agenda in Canada
7. Innovation- Researcher or Clinician – An innovative person or organization that through their work
has advanced the mental health agenda in Canada
“We are always so impressed by the amount and quality of nominee applications we receive each year,” said
Fred Phelps, CAMIMH Campaign Chair. “The Champions Awards give us the opportunity to celebrate the
achievements of exceptional thought leaders in the mental health community. We are very excited to see what
kinds of projects Canadians have taken on this past year and we look forward to reading all the nominations.”
CAMIMH encourages Canadians to nominate their peers by completing the online nomination form. To
nominate a Champion, please visit Submissions will be accepted until February 23, 2018. The awards
will be held on May 8, 2018 at Shaw Centre in Ottawa.
CAMIMH would like to recognize its sponsors who make the Champions Awards a success each year: Bell Let’s
Talk (Presenting Sponsor), the Mental Health Commission of Canada (Gold Sponsor), Lundbeck Canada Inc.
(Silver Sponsor), Innovative Medicines Canada (Bronze Sponsor) and Impact Public Affairs (Silver Sponsor). We
thank all that apply and will contact the winners in early March.

“We are Still Standing”


Celebrating NNMH’s 25th AGM Meeting


Wednesday December 13th 2017

Call in number: 1-866-218-3342, Participant Code: 241397


Welcome: Role Call

1. Acceptance of the Special Members Meeting March 10, 2017 – (AGM 2015-2016)

2. Report from the National Coordinator

3. Treasurer’s Report

4. Acceptance of Audited Report for 2016/2017

5. Appointment of Auditing Firm for 2017/2018

6. Call to accept the slate of new and standing board members to the board of directors for 2017-2018

7. Introduction to the NNMH Board of Directors

8. Other Business

  • a. National Meetings and Updates
  • b. List of Issues
  • c. Updates from Members

9. . Adjournment

The number of people living with depression increased by more than 18% between 2005 and 2015, according to a new WHO report. Depression is also the largest cause of disability worldwide. More than 80% of this disease burden is among people living in low- and middle-income countries.

The release of these estimates, along with corresponding data on anxiety disorders, comes just six weeks before the World Health Day, which this year will focus on depression. World Health Day will be the highlight of a one-year campaign “Depression: let’s talk”, the goal of which is that more people with depression, in all countries, seek and get help. Continue reading

Alliance for an Inclusive and Accessible Canada

The Government of Canada has committed to adopting a strong federal accessibility law to remove and prevent barriers facing people with disabilities. The Alliance is consulting Canadians to collect their comments, concerns and suggestions about this new law. We want to know what your main accessibility issues are and how they could be addressed through the law.

We want to hear from Canadians with disabilities, their families and caregivers. We also want to hear from other stakeholders such as service providers, unions, industry representatives and associations.

Have your say here


Accessible Canada

**Now closed** Hon. Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, will be consulting Canadians about what an Accessible Canada could look like. Share your ideas on how to improve accessibility and inclusion across Canada at in-person public sessions held in 18 cities across Canada from September to December. Continue reading

By Carmen Chai

If you’re unhappy with changes to your job, getting to work may feel like an insurmountable task. A new Canadian survey warns that 46 per cent of employees have taken time off work or noticed their colleagues take time away to tend to their mental health following workplace changes, specifically a change in job roles.

When changes sweep the workplace, negative implications for employees often follow, according to a new survey by Morneau Shepell, a human resources consulting company. Continue reading

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