National Network for Mental Health is commited to people with disabilities

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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