About the CMHA
Founded in 1918, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is the most established, most extensive community mental health organization in Canada. Together, they identify and respond to Canada’s most pressing mental health priorities. At the national level, they push for nationwide system and policy change. At the community level, millions of people in Canada rely on CMHA’s extensive grassroots presence.
More About the Quebec Branch
The Quebec branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association began operations in 1962 with patients at the Saint-Michel-Archange Hospital, now known as the Robert-Giffard Hospital Center. However, it was not until January 1963 that the association received its official letters, which made it a community organization. During the 1970s, while the deinstitutionalization and emergence of new community groups changed aspects of the mental health problem, CMHA, in order to better respond to the needs of the population, oriented its action towards the promotion of mental health and prevention of mental illness. The Quebec branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association celebrated its forty-five years in 2008 and, over the course of its history, has achieved many accomplishments.
Why Get Involved?
With your help, CMHA is working to keep people mentally healthy in the first place. To act before mental illness, so that it doesn’t take hold. Our work is about keeping people out of crisis. It is about keeping people out of hospitals, both before mental illness can occur, and after a crisis has passed. Want to get involved in this life-changing work? There are many ways to give!