Welcome to the National Network for Mental Health
It is our sincere hope that you find the information here to be both informative, and inspirational.
The National Network for Mental Health is totally consumer/survivor driven. This means that all of our board members, voting members, and staff, are mental health consumer/survivors. As an organization, we operate on the principles of inclusion and informed choice and we respect each person’s individuality as we work together to find “common ground”.
Our organization began as the Canadian Mental Health Association – National Office’s “Consumer Participation Task Group” in the late 1980’s and became independent in 1991, changed its name to the National Network for Mental Health and became incorporated in 1992. More than 20 years after incorporation, we have seen government support come and go, and still we remain strong because of our commitment to each other, our peers, and the national consumer/survivor movement.
Through that same time period, we, as an organization, have developed working relationships with businesses and organizations from the private and public sectors, government – both federally and provincially, and with many individuals who have been good enough to volunteer their time.
As we pass through time, we see a positive outlook for our organization and those we represent. It is a changing time for us with reduced funding sources, but we are ready to do what we need to do to keep our original intent which is to see that the Canadian consumer/survivor community becomes empowered by equality, respect, policy input, informed choice, inclusion, and ownership of our own lives.
The NNMH is committed to promoting hope and recovery for everyone. By working closely with our membership, and by forging partnerships and alliances, we promote social justice, human rights, and help capture and amplify a strong, unified voice of consumers in influencing decisions which effect them and that enhance their quality of life.
We live in a nation that nurtures the mental health and well being of all its citizens, where diversity is celebrated, and where those who experience mental health challenges live free from discrimination, and are respected, and supported in their recovery journey to be fully included, productive and valued members of society.