August 24, 2016


A National Strategy
on Mental Illness and Mental Health

On May 8, 2012 the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) released the first-ever mental health strategy for Canada. This was an historic milestone. The MHCC was established in March 2007 and took on the development of a mental health strategy for Canada as a key initiative. The Canadian Psychiatric Association, which has advocated for a mental health care strategy for Canada since 1997 continues to work in partnership with groups such as the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH), the MHCC and others to implement the strategy.

Read the Strategy.
Read the CPA media release congratulating the MHCC on developing and releasing the strategy.

The strategy is underpinned by a vision and seven interconnected goals articulated in the November 2009 MHCC publication,
Toward Recovery and Well-Being: A Framework for a Mental Health Strategy for Canada
Full Report
Summary Report

More MHCC information on the mental health strategy:

As a founding member of CAMIMH, the CPA helped develop an initial framework paper to put a national action plan on mental illness and mental health on the political agenda. The framework was presented to many politicians including the Senate Committee studying mental health care in Canada. The Senate’s report, Out of the Shadows At Last: Transforming Mental Health, Mental Illness and Addiction Services in Canada, incorporated many of the framework’s recommendations, including the development of a national strategy.

Historical information on CPA’s advocacy for a mental health strategy for Canada is available on the archive page.

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Current Activities


National Strategy on Mental Illness and Mental Health

Human Resources in Psychiatry

Collaborative Mental Health Care
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