The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is the nation-wide leader and champion for mental health in Canada. Founded in 1918, CMHA has grown to over 135 branches in communities across Canada. Our vision is mentally healthy people in a healthy society. We are dedicated to supporting resilience and recovery for people with lived experience of mental illness and their families, and promoting mental health for all. We accomplish this through advocacy, education, community-based research and services.
While continuing to provide critical support services, we work to empower organizations and individuals to improve mental health in the workplace, at home, and in the community because mental health begins where we work, live, and play.
CMHA – Calgary Region’s mandate is to create awareness, provide promotion and education, and support and advocate for individuals and families living with mental illness and addictions.
We provide caring, community-based support programs like supportive and independent living, homeless outreach, recreation, suicide bereavement support, and peer support programs for families and individuals. As well, we work closely with other community organizations to bridge gaps in the mental health care system and facilitate access to important services and resources.
One in five people experience a mental disorder in their lifetimes and most of us know someone who has faced a mental health challenge or concern. CMHA – Calgary Region strives to improve public understanding of mental health issues at home, in the community, and workplace through community education, advocacy and mental health awareness initiatives.
Reaching 23,000 people directly each year, CMHA – Calgary Region is a non-profit, charitable organization. Established in 1955, we are an independent branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (est. 1918), one of Canada’s oldest national voluntary organizations.
With multiple divisions across the province, the Canadian Mental Health Association has a strong presence in Alberta. The efforts of each branch are instrumental in raising awareness for mental health and supporting those living with mental illness. For more information on local branches, please visit alberta.cmha.ca.
Learn more about CMHA branches across Canada which are all participating in Ride Don’t Hide: