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 Inclusion Charter

The Inclusion Charter for York Region is a partnership initiative that brings together businesses, community organizations and agencies, municipalities, police services, hospitals, school boards and conservation authorities with a common commitment to welcoming and inclusive communities. By endorsing the Charter, participating organizations have committed to taking action to achieve its vision in their organizations and in the community.

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York Region is one of the fastest growing and most diverse communities in Canada with approximately 1.2 million residents, representing all ages, backgrounds and interests. As the population grows, so does its diversity. York Region residents speak over 120 different languages and come from 230 distinct ethnic origins. As of 2016, 49% of residents self-identified as a visible minority, and 47% were born outside of Canada.
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The Canadian Mental Health Association York Region and South Simcoe Branch is committed to improving the mental health and well-being of those we serve and our communities. We value cultural competency as a critical element in providing the best service and work experience. We foster diversity and inclusion grounded in anti-racism and anti-oppression practices using a harm reduction and trauma informed lens.

  • We demonstrate respect for each other, those we serve and their families and caregivers, through partnership, accountability and action.
  • We build community by nurturing inclusivity with the belief that diversity is our strength, drives innovation and creates the conditions for better mental health.
  • We commit to action to ensure everyone’s right to belong by embracing our individuality and identities and by valuing each persons’ unique strength and contributions.
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