About CMHA Toronto

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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.

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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

Through community-based workshops, resources and programs, we champion the importance of mental health promotion. This work helps create and maintain safe living and working environments where people can experience and support positive mental health.

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.

Trauma and violence-informedWe recognize the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledge the role trauma may play in an individual's life.

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.

Latest News

Our Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

CMHA Toronto is committed to equity, shared knowledge, advocacy and accountability at individual, organizational and systemic levels. We will provide effective mental health services that are accessible, meaningful and appropriate to diverse individuals and communities. CMHA Toronto opposes and acts against racism and other forms of discrimination, including those based on physical and mental disabilities, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religious beliefs,
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CMHA Toronto opens doors for Syrian and Somali youth

In 2016, with 25,000 people arriving in Canada fleeing the trauma of the Syrian civil war, CMHA Toronto expanded its Opening Doors Project to include a youth mentorship component. A more intensive approach to address newcomers’ mental health issues in the context of their resettlement was urgently needed.  “The youth mentorship program works “at the intersection of immigration, trauma, mental

Getting A Clean Break: CMHA Toronto’s Extreme Cleaning and Hoarding Supports service is needed now more than ever

After 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
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NP Stepped Care: A bridge on the road to recovery

When Anisa Carrascal was a psychiatric nurse working in hospitals, she saw the massive gap that existed between the highly-structured setting of a hospital and the community. “You’re discharging a patient from the hospital to nothing, truly nothing,” she said. Anisa envisioned a safer, gentler way to support people with complex mental health issues, preparing them and “holding them” as
CMHA welcomes historic investment in community mental health and addictions

CMHA Toronto welcomes historic investment for community mental health and addictions in 2023 provincial budget

The 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

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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.