Canadian Mental Health Association – Alberta and its Regions
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is a recognizable and reliable organization where Albertans find compassionate support, responsible care and accessible resources.
CMHA began its advocacy work in 1917 based on evident community needs. Families and individuals brought their desire for better mental health outcomes into an association which today spans our country. This history is central to our work. For 99 years we have operated as a registered charity within the not-for-profit sector. We work at the intersection of clinical and local mental health care. Our programs and services are developed to address the unique needs of individuals and communities.
For more than 60 years in Alberta, CMHA has focused on recovery and support for Albertans impacted by mental illness. We stand with people living in the community as they achieve their wellness goals. Hundreds of CMHA staff and volunteers engage clients in activity and navigation within the complex matrix of mental health services.
Today our eight CMHA regional offices and the Centre for Suicide Prevention continue to focus on a better future for all people living with mental health challenges. We also recognize that individuals with a mental health challenge are connected to others who need support.
Mentally healthy people in a healthy society.
A nation-wide voluntary organization that promotes the mental health of all and supports people experiencing mental illness.
Statement of Philosophy
We believe in enabling individuals, groups and communities to increase control over and enhance their mental health.
We believe that the following elements are critical to mental health and a personally satisfying quality of life: social justice; individual and collective responsibility; access to appropriate and adequate resources/supports; self determination; and maximum feasible community integration.
In order to operationalize these beliefs we educate/inform; advocate; research; provide services; facilitate/coordinate/collaborate.
Philosophy, values, beliefs, and activities endorsed by the Alberta Division Board of Directors, January 1992. Vision and mission approved by the National Board of Directors, May 2002. Vision endorsed and mission amended by the Alberta Division Board of Directors, October 2002.