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July 19, 2016 Cross-Canada cyclist raises funds and awareness for mental health

Martin Bauman is devoting three solid months of his summer to bike 7,500 kms across Canada to break the stigma surrounding depression and raise money for mental illness. And on July 21 , he’ll be in Ottawa to share his personal story and provide insight into what keeps him pedaling even when the going gets tough.

July 19, 2016 Mental Health 4 All conference

This fall, just one year before we celebrate our 100th anniversary, CMHA National is hosting a new and exciting annual national conference that promises to become the premier professional mental health and addiction conference in Canada.

CMHA’s Mental Health for All Conference 2016: Together by Design (MH4A Conference) will promote a dialogue about mental health, mental illness and addiction; and bring together the most innovative and inspiring mental health and addictions thinkers and leaders in the country.

July 19, 2016 Steve Lurie, tireless mental health advocate, appointed to Order of Canada

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario would like to congratulate Steve Lurie, Executive Director of the CMHA Toronto Branch, on his appointment as a Member of the Order of Canada.

June 22, 2016 Think Outside the Box
  • New on-line resource for mental accessibility and accommodation
June 7, 2016 CHL Ontario Training

Training of CHL Players to look out for mental health issues

May 26, 2016 Talk Today now available nationwide

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) officially partnered on May 24, expanding the mental health and suicide-awareness program Talk Today.

May 12, 2016 Check out our fabulous new “Get Loud” Mental Health Week video and #getloud!

Check out our fabulous new “Get Loud” Mental Health Week video and #getloud!

July 21, 2015 Subscribe to our Healthy Minds newsletter

We’ve started our new newsletter called Healthy Minds, which will feature mental health news and events in Ottawa. Sign up now at

Featured Events

“The Waiting Room”

The Waiting Room Graphic

In honour of Mental Health Week 2016
CMHA Ottawa and the Creative Well Theatre Project present:

“The Waiting Room”
A Forum Theatre Play addressing the stigmas and systemic barriers attached to mental illness

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
Canadian Mental Health Association, Ottawa
1355 Bank Street, Suite 402

FREE, all welcome.

Written (with the assistance of Forum Threatre) and acted by members of Psychiatric Survivors of Ottawa.
Join us onstage as Spect-Actors to rehearse transforming stigma scene by scene


“How to Avoid Getting Dementia”

In honour of Mental Health Week
Ottawa Mental Health Professionals and the general public
are invited to a breakfast presentation by Dr. Andrew Wiens

 “How to Avoid Getting Dementia”

This presentation describes recent findings on risk factors for dementia as well as strategies that may reduce their impact.

Monday, May 2, 2016
Canadian Mental Health Association, Ottawa Branch
1355 Bank St., Suite 402
Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. followed by the presentation at 8:30.

Space is limited. Please pre-register with Donna-Lynn Perrin at 613-737-7791 or email

Dr. Andrew Wiens is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry with the University of Ottawa, head of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, of the University of Ottawa, and director of Continuing Medical Education for the Department of Psychiatry.

Workshop with Pat Deegan on Oct. 5

“Recovery from Severe Mental Illness: A Conspiracy of Hope”
CMHA Ottawa will present a workshop with legendary recovery activist and “disruptive innovator” Pat Deegan on October 5 in honour of Mental Illness Awareness Week. The workshop will be held at the RA Centre, Clark Hall, 9:00 am – noon. Cost of the workshop is $50.00. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please contact or 613-737-7791 to register.

Workshop Description: “Recovery from Severe Mental Illness: A Conspiracy of Hope”.

For centuries a prognosis of doom and chronicity has surrounded a diagnosis of mental illness. Drawing on lessons learned from her own recovery after a diagnosis of schizophrenia, Pat Deegan will describe the journey to recovery and wellness. She will then widen the lens and discuss how peers, families, communities and service providers can create recovery enhancing environments in which people with diagnoses can grow and achieve their human potential. A panel of local advocates will reflect on Pat’s talk and add their perspectives. There will be ample time for audience interaction.

About Pat Deegan
Patricia E. Deegan Ph.D. is a principal with Pat Deegan & Associates, LLC. For over 30 years she has been a thought leader and disruptive innovator in the field behavioral health recovery. Pat founded a health information technology and consulting company run by and for people in recovery, CommonGround, that helps individuals, families and psychiatrists engage in shared decision making to find the best treatment for recovery. Pat is an activist in the disability rights movement and has lived her own journey of recovery after being diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teenager. She is an Adjunct Professor at Dartmouth College, Geisel School of Medicine and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Duquesne University.

"Hope After Suicide": Breakfast presentation for World Suicide Prevention Day

What: “Hope After Suicide,” a breakfast presentation for World Suicide Prevention Day
Where: R.A. Centre, Clark Hall (2451 Riverside Dr)
When: Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 8:00am-10:00am