Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
Founded in 1918, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is the most established, most extensive community mental health organization in Canada. Through a presence in more than 330 communities across every province and one territory, CMHA provides advocacy and resources that help to prevent mental health problems and illnesses, support recovery and resilience, and enable all Canadians to flourish and thrive.
Visit the CMHA website at www.cmha.ca.
- Before the pandemic, there were 1.6 million people in Canada with unmet mental health care needs
- Since the pandemic 44% of women and 32% of men report that their mental health has declined
- Intake calls and requests for service at local CMHAs are up more than 170% in some regions
- Those with prior mental health issue or disenfranchised populations are struggling even more
- Suicidal thoughts are on the rise in many groups:
- 1 in 20 in the general population
- 1 in 6 in Indigenous peoples
- 1 in 5 who already had a mental illness
- 1 in 7 who identify as LGBTQ+
- 1 in 10 parents of children under 18