Part of CMHA-NL's mandate is to educate the public on issues related to mental health and mental illness.Over the past few years, we have conducted research and written papers on a variety of mental health issues, which you can access on this page. We also have information on our educational events, links to resources produced by CMHA National, and other websites and articles of interest related to mental health and mental illness.

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Understanding Mental Illness

Some of the following links will take you directly to CMHA National's website, and others are linked to CMHA-NL resources on related topics.

One in five Canadians will develop a mental illness at some point in their lives. To learn more about mental illness, please view CMHA National's public service announcements by clicking on the images below.

To learn more about stigma and the reality of the courage, strength and resilience of persons who have faced mental illness, watch the video below as a 2009 FACE of Mental Illness, Mark Gruchy, addresses the audience at the 2009 Champions of Mental Health Awards.

Mark is a criminal defense attorney in St. John's, Newfoundland, and the President of CMHA-NL. Through his early struggle with bipolar disorder, he has developed a deep empathy for people who are judged and labeled, and believes society has a moral obligation to act against stigma.
Mood Disorders


Anxiety Disorders

Attention Deficit Disorders



Early Psychosis Intervention

Youth and Psychosis

Youth and Self Injury

Violence and Mental Illness

The Connection Between Violence, Trauma and Mental Illness in Women -(CMHA-NL Publication)

Employment and Mental Illness

Education and Mental Illness

Men and Mental Illness

For more information on mental health topics not covered here, please visit the national CMHA website or contact us.

 Aging and Mental Health

Visit the Seniors’ Mental Health page for more information on seniors’ mental health and to watch our seniors and depression video.

Youth and Mental Health

Visit the Think Twice page for information on CMHA-NL's new anti-stigma educational initiative for youth.



If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal or experiencing a mental health crisis, please contact the Mental Health Crisis Line at 737-4668, toll free 1-888-737-4668.

For more information on suicide, please visit CMHA National's web page on suicide. They also offer links to information on the following topics, which you can click below:

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Compassion Fatigue

Click here to read an article on Compassion Fatigue from the May 2011 issue of Downhome Magazine. For more information that may help you learn about compassion fatigue and how to deal with stress and other related issues, here is a selection of online resources: