The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) was established to help create an integrated mental health system to improve the lives of Canadians living with mental illness. It encourages collaboration among governments, service providers, employers, and researchers, as well as Canadians living with mental illness, their caregivers and families.
The Hallway Group was created in 2009 as part of the Opening Minds Anti-Stigma program with the goal to make a difference in the lives of people living with mental illness or mental health issues. Rather than laying on programs from the top down, this group had the knowledge, experience, and leadership from the grassroots or community level to provide feedback on tackling stigma in communities. The group now operates under the Knowledge Exchange Centre.
The name of the Hallway Group is important to the foundation of this group. It details the fact that in many groups and communities, the most important conversations take place away from the table, in the halls. The focus of this group is to ensure that those important hallway conversations make their way to the table.
The Hallway Group is a group of individuals, all of whom are people with lived experience (PWLE) with a mental illness either personally or through a loved one. Their role is to provide expert advice on specific initiatives, projects, and key priority areas through the much needed critical lens of PWLE.