about cmha

The Canadian Mental Health Association, York Region Branch was founded in 1984 and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with mental illnesses.

We help people learn how to maintain their mental health, look for and identify the signs of mental illness, and get help and support when they need it. Through several locations across York Region and South Simcoe, we provide a wide range of services to assist individuals with their recovery. Our multi-disciplinary team of professionals are dedicated to assisting people achieve their optimum level of mental health.

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), founded in 1918, is one of the oldest voluntary organizations in Canada. Each year, it provides direct service to more than 100,000

Canadians through the combined efforts of more than 10,000 volunteers and staff across Canada in over 135 communities.

As a nation-wide, voluntary organization, the Canadian Mental Health Association promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness. The CMHA accomplishes this mission through advocacy, education, research and service.

Our Vision

Mental Health for all.

Our Mission

As the nation-wide leader and champion for mental health, CMHA facilitates access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness.

Organizational Values

We believe in:

Team Values

Teamwork

Teamwork

Teamwork

Respect

Respect

Respect

Communication

Communication

Communication

Trust

Trust

Trust

Our Principles of Care

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) embraces the principles of Psychosocial Rehabilitation. Here we explain what that means for the way we deliver our programs and services.

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Recovering

  • Recovery is the ultimate goal. Interventions must facilitate that process.
  • We help people to re-establish normal roles and get back into community life.
  • We encourage and support people to get involved in normal community activities, such as school and work, throughout the rehabilitation process.
  • We work to make our services coordinated, accessible, and available as long as needed.
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Supporting

  • We help people to develop personal support networks.
  • We help to enhance quality of life.
  • We build on the strengths of each person.
  • The involvement and partnership of both the person receiving services and their family members is pursued when possible.
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Strengthening

  • We believe that all people have the capacity to learn and grow.
  • People who get services from us have the right to direct their own affairs. That includes matters related to their mental illness.
  • We constantly strive to improve the services we provide.
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Including

  • We treat all people with respect and dignity.
  • We are always working to get rid of labeling and discrimination of all kinds. We have a special focus on fighting discrimination based on a disability such as mental illness.
  • A person’s culture and background play an important role in recovery. They can be a source of strength and enrichment for both the person and the services we offer.
  • We design our services to address the unique needs of each person, their culture, and their values.
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