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As the nationwide 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 and addiction. CMHA York Region and South Simcoe (CMHA-YRSS) is leading the way, driving innovation and integration of services for the best outcomes and experience for clients, families, staff and community partners.

CMHA-YRSS experts work closely with media across York Region, South Simcoe and Ontario to spread public awareness about mental health issues, services and innovations.

All media inquiries and interview requests should be directed to CHMA-YRSS’s communications team by contacting communications@cmha-yr.on.ca.

In The News

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Before We Have an Economic Recovery, We Need a Mental Health Recovery

COVID-19 has compounded the same mental health and addiction issues we’ve always had, writes Rebecca Shields.


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York Region Parents Concerned About How Children Will Cope With Socializing After COVID-19

Canadian Mental Health Association psychologist says it’s important to balance risk of contracting virus with risk of social isolation.


Ontario Trillium Grant Supports Digital Transformation at CMHA York Region

The Canadian Mental Health Association York Region and South Simcoe (CMHA-YRSS) has made some technical advances throughout the pandemic with the help of an Ontario Trillium grant.


Mental Health in Motion Exceeds Fundraising Target by 35%

Canadian Mental Health Association York and South Simcoe event raised more than $168K.


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COVID-19 Damage Control: York Region Parents Wonder How Pandemic Will Impact Children

Some young people are experiencing increased stress, anxiety, boredom and social isolation, expert says.


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Action Must Follow Budget Promises, Say Mental-Health Advocates

Ottawa must act now to fix Canada’s worsening mental-health crisis, experts say.


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Preparing for the '4th Wave': Mental Health Issues Caused by COVID-19, Measures to Fight its Spread

Everyone who needs help must reach out, says Rebecca Shields, CEO of Canadian Mental Health Association, York and South Simcoe.


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Mental Health in Motion: Aurora Woman Raises Money for CMHA

Funds will go toward providing superior services for youths.


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Registration Now Open for York Region and South Simcoe’s Momentous Fundraising Event for Youth Mental Health Programs

Canadian Mental Health Association hopes to raise $125,000 from first virtual Mental Health in Motion Presented by Staples Canada – cmhainmotion.ca




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Telephone counselling set up due to pandemic mental health issues

Help is just a phone call away. Audra brown has more on the helpline specifically for those struggling with mental health issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Talking The Talk

An important conversation about important talk.


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Access to mental health services must be more equitable

Shorter days and colder weather are known to heavily impact the mental health of Canadians every year, but this winter is especially difficult.


How the pandemic is impacting mental health

CBC News Network’s Sarah Galashan spoke with Deanne Simms, Clinical Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association for York and South Simcoe, of the impact this pandemic is having on the mental health of Canadians.


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Canadian Mental Health Association introduces counselling telephone line

York, South Simcoe line operates Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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'Fill a critical gap:' Province planning York Region mental health and addictions hub

Canadian Mental Health Association of York and South Simcoe applauds announcement


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