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September 6, 2016 World Suicide Prevention Day aims to spread awareness and break the silence about suicide

CMHA joins people with lived experience of a mental health issue, their families, policy makers, advocates, researchers and others who come together on Sept. 10, 2016 to raise awareness and share strategies to prevent the tragedy of suicide.

September 1, 2016 CMHA Ottawa available to comment on crisis prevention on World Suicide Prevention Day

On Friday, Sept. 9, Renee Ouimet, Director, Capacity Building and Education, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Ottawa, will be available to speak to the media about strategies to help reduce the risk of suicide and services available to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis in the local community.

August 8, 2016 Celebrate World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 9, 2016

The Ottawa Suicide Prevention Coalition (OSPC) is hosting a free bilingual breakfast event to commemorate World Suicide Prevention Day.

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.

Featured Events

“Mental Health in the Workplace: How did we forget the obvious?” Bilingual presentation by Stéphane Grenier

In recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week, CMHA Ottawa presents:

“Mental Health in the Workplace: How did we forgot the obvious?”

By Stéphane Grenier

In today’s modern workplace, mental health problems have become the leading cause of disability claims, accounting for 70% of workplace disability management costs in Canada. Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired) Stéphane Grenier knows the toll mental health problems can take on individuals and workplaces firsthand. Traditionally, mental health difficulties in the workplaces have been principally viewed through two lenses – the performance lens and the clinical one. Clinicians treat symptoms and leaders manage behaviors.

Mysterious Barricades concert in Ottawa on Sept. 10 highlights World Suicide Prevention Day

Mysterious Barricades is a series of concerts that will be held across Canada on Sept. 10, World Suicide Prevention Day. The concerts will be live-streamed for 18 hours.
Ottawa’s concert will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 a.m. at the University of Ottawa, Frieman Hall, 75 Laurier Avenue East.

Register now for National Suicide Prevention Day Ottawa breakfast Sept. 9, 2016

Sept. 9, 2016, Register now for National Suicide Prevention Ottawa breakfast

“The Waiting Room”

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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.