National Network for Mental Health is commited to people with disabilities

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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

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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.



OTTAWA (December 15, 2016) The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) is encouraged to see federal, provincial and territorial Ministers of Finance and Health meet on December 19th to discuss issues related to a possible Health Accord.  Only through committed partnership and collaboration can sustainable transformation of the health system occur. Continue reading

RBC Insurance and Best Doctors Canada transforming how group benefit clients suffering from mental illnesses are treated to recover more quickly

TORONTO, Oct. 5, 2016 /CNW/ – More Canadians are putting their lives on hold every day as they struggle to deal with mental illnesses that leave them unable to work. That inability to work leads to emotional and financial stress compounded by medical appointments and long periods of recovery. According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), one in five Canadians experience a mental health issue in any given year, making it a leading cause of disability in Canada. In fact, almost 30 per cent of all group disability claims at RBC Insurance are related to mental health. Continue reading

CAMH and partners to launch new services to address gaps in youth mental health care

TORONTO, June 8, 2016 /CNW/ – Among youth, the prevalence of mental health and addiction disorders is as high as 20 per cent, yet as few as one in six affected youth will access appropriate treatment. Three new clinics geared to youth aged 11 to 25 will soon open their doors, offering a range of services on a walk-in basis, including brief solution-focused therapy, peer support, system navigation, access to Internet-based tools, and onsite access to psychiatric services.   Continue reading



MANITOBA APRIL 6, 2016 –Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has – Margaret Mead. Twenty-five years ago, a small group of people labelled with an intellectual disability began proving that quote to be true. That group was the beginning of a legacy that would become People First of Canada (PFC). Today, People First of Canada is the national voice of people who have been labelled with an intellectual disability. Continue reading

There Is No Right Point of View — Leadership Attitudes

There is no right point of view.

There is my point of view. And there is your point of view.

Most of us like a person who comes right out and says what he thinks — especially when he thinks what we think.

No Right Point of View

But there is no right point of view.

There is a popular point of view. A point of view that most share.

There is a minority point of view. A  point of view few share. Continue reading

March 1, 2016                                           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

When the report, “Medical Assistance in Dying: A Patient-Centred Approach” was released last week, “I was anxious to read it, as CCD has been very active in this issue,” says John Rae, Second Vice Chair of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities. “But, to my surprise, it was released only in an inaccessible PDF version that I could not read, and this discriminates against me and all Canadians who cannot read conventional print,” added Rae.

Sharlyn Ayotte, First Vice President of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians added, “More and more information is being made available electronically and over the internet, and Canadians who are blind must have equal access to this growing range of information to participate fully and inform our decisions.” Continue reading



For Immediate Release – Toronto, ON, February 25, 2016

Recommendations Contained in Report of Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying Pose Significant Risk to Vulnerable Canadians

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) and the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) are extremely dismayed that the recommendations contained in the report released today by Parliament’s Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying will jeopardize the lives of vulnerable Canadians.  They do not follow the Supreme Court’s call for “stringent limits that are scrupulously monitored and enforced.” Continue reading