Canadian Community Mental Health Network
The CCMHN unifies individual community-based organizations fostering collaboration to address resource gaps and enhance mental health support across Canada.
The Need for Change: Collaboration for a Stronger Mental Health Community
Mental illness goes beyond a solitary journey, affecting millions of Canadians directly and indirectly. Its impact reaches families, social groups, workplaces, and healthcare systems across Canada. The prevalence of conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, substance use disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) highlights the urgent need for transformative approaches to mental health care. With depression and anxiety accounting for 90% of cases and a lifetime prevalence of 20%, these statistics underscore the imperative for change in our country’s mental health landscape.
Addressing mental health issues necessitates collective efforts from the community, for the community. Community mental health organizations and service providers, especially those involving Persons with Lived Experience (PWLE), play a pivotal role in curbing the rising tide of mental health disorders. The perspectives of individuals with lived experience increasingly shape and inform research initiatives, leading to a more enlightened approach to mental health care.
The Canadian Community Mental Health Network embodies the values of community, collaboration, innovation, and advocacy. It serves as a collaborative platform for various research and service provider disciplines to advance our understanding, prevention, and treatment of mental disorders. By uniting our efforts, we can pool resources and leverage our collective power as individuals on the front lines, making a positive impact in the lives of those seeking support and care.
Featured News Story
Mental illness goes beyond a solitary journey, affecting millions of Canadians directly and indirectly. Its impact reaches families, social groups, workplaces, and healthcare systems across Canada.
Mental Health News
November 18, 2023 – Global News, BC
There are major gaps in drugs covered for people suffering from mental illness, and a new report suggests there’s room for both federal and provincial governments to act quickly.
Canadians with mental illness face delays and inequities in accessing medications through public drug coverage system
November 17, 2023 – The National Post
“Having mental health issues is not a flaw in personality, but a flaw in chemistry,” says Chelsea Meldrum, third year university student living with mental illness.
November 15, 2023 – CityNews, Edmonton
An Edmonton mental-health advocate and author knows first-hand how difficult it can be for people living with mental illness to access new medication.
'We're not being heard': Patients with mental illness face barriers accessing medication, report finds
November 14, 2023 – CTV News, Vancouver
A new study has found that patients living with mental illness are waiting years to get approval for life-altering medications.
November 14, 2023 – CTV National News
Dr. Pierre Blier and Chelsea Meldrum, a Person With Lived Experience (PWLE), discuss their experiences on the inequitable access to mental illness medications in Canada.
Discussions around the Access to Medications for Mental Illness Report, “System Broken”
Patients treated for mental illness face more barriers for medication approval and access, study finds
November 14, 2023 – CTV National News
A new study has found that patients being treated for mental illness in Canada wait “far too long” for medication approval and face “inequitable access” across the country.
November 13, 2023 – iHeartRadio, NewsTalk Tonight
Mental health advocate Michael Landsberg and his son Corey Landsberg talk about the issues of accessing mental illness medications in Canada.