About CMHA Toronto
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), founded in 1918, is a nationwide, charitable organization that promotes mental health for all.
Established in 1953, CMHA Toronto has grown to operate 18 sites across the city, employing over 425 staff and serving over 13,000 individuals each year.
Our vision is for mentally healthy people in a healthy society. We are on a mission to improve the mental health of all with services, advocacy and leadership that create belonging and hope.
What We Do
Mental Health Services & Programs
Our wide-range of services and programs aim to promote recovery and encourage positive mental health. We help clients and their families access different types of support as their needs change. By being culturally responsive, accessible and inclusive we can support the diverse needs of our community members.
Based in collaboration and partnership, our programs address the factors that impact mental health including housing, access to education, social and community connections, financial stability and health care access.
Mental Health Promotion
Mental Health Research, Leadership & Advocacy
- We use our influence, research and experience to drive systemic change.
- We relentlessly pursue a mental health and addictions care system that is accessible to everyone.
- We champion mental health promotion and mental health illness and addictions prevention within the broader mental health and addictions system.
How We Do It
People living with mental health challenges or mental illness are the experts of their experience.
Anchored in equity and inclusion, we listen to our clients to gauge what support they need and how they want to engage with our services and supports. All of our work aims to address the social determinants of health so people can become, and stay, well.
Through a client-first, trauma-informed, recovery-oriented approach, together we build tailored plans to advance recovery.
Clients and their families decide which programs and services are best for them and have the most powerful voice in designing what gives them good health and a strong community.
People with living experience also help guide how our organization operates and the programs and services we offer.
We respect that each individual’s recovery is unique and we offer multiple options to support their needs.
Recovery is an ongoing journey of self-healing and transformation. It means living a full, self-directed life in the community, with or without the presence of symptoms.
We see hope, self-determination, social inclusion, and wellbeing as key to recovery.
Getting A Clean Break: CMHA Toronto’s Extreme Cleaning and Hoarding Supports service is needed now more than everAfter a hiatus during COVID-19, CMHA Toronto’s Extreme Cleaning and Hoarding Supports program is catching up with a backlog of cases on two fronts: those that were put on hold when the pandemic lockdowns started, and the demand that built up during COVID isolation that worsened the conditions driving the need in the first place. “We saw a large increase in
CMHA Toronto welcomes historic investment for community mental health and addictions in 2023 provincial budgetThe provincial government has allocated the largest base funding commitment for community mental health and addictions care in a decade as part of their 2023 budget. The government announced Thursday that it is providing the sector with $425 million over three years for mental health and addictions, including a five per cent increase for base funding of community-based mental health
Mental Health for All
By supporting CMHA Toronto you help ensure that when people need mental health support in Toronto they have somewhere to turn.
Your donation helps create belonging and hope so clients can thrive in their home and community.