Why mental health matters
We know that 40% of parents say they wouldn’t tell anyone – not even their family doctor – if their child were experiencing a mental health problem or illness. We also know that seniors living with a mental health problem account for 25% of emergency room visits. Mental illness doesn’t discriminate. It affects 1 in 5 Canadians in any given year – regardless of age, background, or geographical location. Mental health matters to everyone.
How the Mental Health Commission of Canada can help you
The MHCC has been working to bring people with lived experience, caregivers, and healthcare providers together to accelerate change. We have created easy-to-use tools, guidelines, and youth-focused engagement resources that help everyone do their part to better understand mental illness and to use this understanding to bring about positive action.
- HEADSTRONG, Youth Summit is an evidence-based anti-stigma initiative. It inspires youth ages 12-18 to Be Brave, Reach Out and Speak Up about mental health. Check our events for places and dates of planned summits. To host one in your community contact your Member of Parliament and tell them that you want a HEADSTRONG summit in your riding or download our toolkit.
- Food for Thought: A youth perspective on recovery-oriented practice is an animated video developed with our Youth Council. It breaks down what youth see as some of the core principles of recovery-oriented mental health and addiction services. Watch it and spread the word!
- Post-secondary students Standard: The MHCC is embarking in a two-year project to develop a National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety for post-secondary students. Get involved !
- Caregiving: For Canadians living with mental health problems and illness, caregivers — whether relatives or people drawn from broader circles of support — are critical to recovery. To support individuals, groups, or organizations in their efforts to help others, the MHCC has developed Taking the Caregiver Guidelines off the Shelf: Mobilization Toolkit.
- Support senior mental health and wellness: As people live longer, our approach to mental health must account for their changing needs. The MHCC has developed Guidelines for Comprehensive Mental Health Services for Older Adults in Canada. This is a resource for policy makers and service providers in planning, developing, and implementing a mental health service system that better responds to the unique needs of an aging population.
- Suicide Prevention: Every day, 10 people in Canada die by suicide. The MHCC is working to build capacity across the country to address this silent crisis. From grass-roots projects to evidence-informed training, reducing suicides means empowering and supporting people to effectively intervene where they live and work.
- e-Mental Health: People in Canada often find it difficult to access mental health services. The MHCC is advancing research to guide the development of solid and effective e-Mental health services, which use the Internet and related technologies, like phone apps, to let patients receive care when and where they need it most, regardless of how close they live to their care provider.