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Social action and advocacy

Social action and advocacy

On this page we will describe local, provincial and national initiatives. Please click on the links below to jump to any particular topic.

Why should family caregiving cost so much?

An Action Table has been organized to find ways of reducing the financial burden. Read more HERE.

Family Caregiving: what are the consequences? A study of caregivers in Canada, 2012

For more information, click HERE for a summary and HERE for the report.

Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk

This was a national bicycle tour by Olympian Clara Hughes in support of mental health that ended July 1, 2014 and spanned more than 100 days, 12,000 kilometres and every province and territory of Canada. For more information, please click HERE.

Coalition for Access to Psychotherapy


CAP was created following the publication in December 2012 of the report on mental health services by the Health and Welfare Commissioner of Québec in which equitable access to psychotherapy services, as part of a treatment plan for mental health problems, was identified as an unmet need.

CAP is composed of a number of organizations like AMI-Quebec, as well as experts in the field of health services who believe that psychotherapy services should be available to individuals of all ages affected by a mental disorder.  Therefore, CAP’s objective is to rally public and government support towards the implementation of psychotherapy services within the public healthcare system. Click HERE for more information about CAP.


Montreal Walks For Mental Health

This is a walk that increases public awareness about mental health. Since 2009, Montreal Walks For Mental Health has helped fight the stigma about mental illness. Over 1400 people participated in the 7th annual Walk on October 4, 2015. The next walk will take place on October 16, 2016! Please click HERE for more information.


Mental Health Commission of Canada

The Mental Health Commission of Canada was established in 2007 as an independent, non-for-profit organization funded by the government of Canada.

According to the 10-year Health Canada funding agreement, the Commission will undertake three major initiatives:

-Develop a Mental Health Strategy for Canada
-Create a national Knowledge exchange Centre
-Implement a national anti-stigma/anti discrimination initiative.

The Vision of the Commission is:
A society that values and promotes mental health and helps people living with mental health problems and mental illness to lead meaningful and productive lives.

The Mission of the Commission is:
To promote mental health in Canada and change the attitudes of Canadians towards mental health problems and mental illness, and to work with stakeholders to improve mental health services and support.

NEW in 2013: The Mental Health Commission of Canada has released National Guidelines to support caregivers to someone with a mental illness. Click HERE for details.
They have also launched COLLABORATIVE SPACES; an online repository and conversation place for mental health in Canada. Click HERE to check it out. 


Partners for Mental Health

Partners for Mental Health is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the way we think about, act towards, and treat mental health. This website has a wealth of information about battling stigma and features personal stories about mental illness and mental health. Pledge your support HERE to improve mental health in Canada!

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