December 24, 2008 – CMHA-NL’s Work-Life Balance presentation and related materials are now available to anyone who wants to give this session in their own workplace. These resources are free to download and use. Check out our Workplace Mental Health page for more information.

December 22, 2008 – To read CMHA-NL’s statement on mental health services for children in our province, see the press release.

December 2, 2008 –


Click on the image above to read CMHA-NL’s message about taking time for your mental health during this year’s holiday season.

October 21, 2008 – Read the summary of CMHA-NL’s Strategic Plan (2008 – 2011) to learn more about our vision, mission, values and strategic directions for our work in this province.

October 15, 2008 – October 15, 2008 – To read about all the work we’ve been doing here at CMHA-NL, see our 2007-08 Annual Report.

October 6, 2008 – The Minister of Health and Community Services, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, proclaims Mental Illness Awareness Week 2008 (October 5th to 11th)in our province. To read more about the proclamation, click here.

Today also marks the launch of the Seniors and Depression in Long Term Care educational DVD. Click here to watch the complete video online!

September 30, 2008 –

CMHA-NL’s Second Annual Fundraising Gala

Get your tickets or table soon!

In recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 5 – 11, 2008), join us for an evening of dinner and entertainment at CMHA-NL’s Second Annual Fundraising Gala

October 9th, 2008 – Delta Hotel, St. John’s.


Featuring singer-songwriter Ron Hynes and award-winning author and actor Joel Thomas Hynes.



Tickets are $100 each. Table of 10 is $900.

See the Gala flyer for more details. To buy tickets for this exciting event, please call 757-7218,or email us.

September 15, 2008 – In recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 5 – 11, 2008), CMHA-NL, in partnership with CHANNAL, Department of Health and Community Services, Discipline of Psychiatry Faculty of Medicine, Eastern Health, and Schizophrenia Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, will be holding a symposium on Tuesday, October 7 on Adults and Depression. For more details, see the flyer.

CMHA-NL will also be holding its 2007-08 Annual General Meeting during Mental Illness Awareness Week on Friday, October 10. Please see the AGM Invitation for more information.

September 4, 2008 –




You now have until April 30, 2009 to submit an essay on your experience with mental illness, stigma and recovery in Newfoundland and Labrador. Selected essays will be published together in a book by our partner in this project, Breakwater Books Ltd.

For more details on how to submit your essay, or to download the application form, please click the following:

Criteria and Instructions – Updated Sept. 4, 2008

Application Form – Updated Sept. 4, 2008

Please note that the criteria/instructions and application form have the deadline stated as November 28th, but they are still valid for submissions up until April 30, 2009.

September 3, 2008 – In recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 5 – 11, 2008), CMHA-NL will be holding its second annual fundraising Galaon October 9th, 2008. For more details, see the flyer.


August 18, 2008 – For statistics about Canadians’ attitudes towards mental illness, read  ‘Stigma attached to mental illness a “national embarrassment”: CMA’by Patrick Sullivan.

July 17, 2008 – Read “Very low suicide rates for islanders” (The Telegram – July 11, 2008) for recent statistics released by the NL Centre for Health Information on suicide rates in this province.

June 30, 2008 – Click here to read “Breakdown: Canada’s Mental Health Crisis”, the Globe and Mail’s impressive series on mental illness in Canada. We highly recommend the interview with psychiatrist David Goldbloom on stigma and recovery.

Since we started keeping statistics in December of 2007, we have had over 4500 unique visitors to our website! We hope that you have found the CMHA-NL website to be an informative resource. Thanks for stopping by!

June 16, 2008 – To learn more about what we’re doing here at CMHA-NL these days, read our Spring/Summer Update.

June 16, 2008 – CMHA National has issued a media release in response to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s apology to victims of residential schools. Click here to read.

June 12, 2008 – Click here to read the June 2008 issue of the Mental Illness Awareness Week Newsletter.

June 9, 2008 – To learn more about what’s happening in the St. John’s area for mental health consumers, check out the May/June Issue of the Community Inquirer Newsletter.

June 3, 2008 – On June 30th, 2008, advocate group D.R.A.I.N. (Disabled Rights Are Indeed Neglected), in association with a line up of specialized professionals, guest speakers and leaders in the disabled community, will rally on Confederation Hill. See the flyer for more details.

May 5th, 2008 –


To learn more about this exciting project, see the following information:

Press release
Promotional flyer
Criteria and instructions
Application form


Please note that we will not accept entries by fax or email. If you want to submit your essay, a hard copy of it must be either mailed to us or dropped off at the CMHA-NL office along with a completed application form. Click on the Criteria and Instructions above for more details.

May 5, 2008 –


For more information on Mental Health Week 2008, please see the following:

Press Release
Employer Brochure
Employee Brochure


April 28, 2008 – The Moving Lives Forward Scholarship assists mental health consumers in Eastern Health’s Mental Health Program with some of the costs of post-secondary education. Please see the Application Guidelines 2008-2009 for more details.

April 14, 2008 – For information on factors that affect the mental health of immigrants, and related resources and organizations in the province, check out the Mental Wellness for Canadian Immigrants pamphlet.

March 31, 2008 – To learn about the recent conference held in St. John’s on infant mental health with guest presenter Dr. Bruce Perry, read The First Years (The Telegram – March 31, 2008).

For CMHA-NL Executive Director Geoff Chaulk’s comments on the prevalance of mental health issues in post-secondary students, read Counsellor says kids are alright: Students not more likely to suffer mental health, substance abuse issues (The Muse – March 27, 2008).

March 10, 2008 – Visit our Changing Minds page and watch the 2 new clips from the program: one on a young woman’s experience with depression in high school, and the other on delusions as a symptom of psychosis.

March 4, 2008 – Mental Health Week is a national event held by CMHA each year to raise awareness of mental health issues, and provide learning opportunities to help all Canadians achieve and maintain good mental health in their everyday lives.

Following on the success of last year’s theme of work-life balance, the theme for CMHA’s 57th Mental Health Week (May 5 to May 11, 2008) is “Mental Health: Make it Your Business”, and is centered on the role of employers and businesses in creating productive, mentally healthy environments in their workplaces.

For more information on Mental Health Week ’08 events here in Newfoundland and Labrador, email Roger Baggs using our online contact form (please put “NL Division Mental Health Week 08” in the subject line), or call him at 757-7220 (toll free: 1-866-509-3937).

March 3, 2008 – For resources to support educators in addressing issues related to mental health and mental illness in secondary school classrooms, visit CMHA National’s Mental Health & High School Curriculum Guide.

February 29, 2008 – Read the latest news release from the Mental Health Commission of Canada on funding for research to help homeless people living with mental illness (news release posted here with permission from MHCC).

February 28, 2008 – For CMHA-NL Executive Director Geoff Chaulk’s comments on the need for repairs at the Waterford Hospital, read Massive repair bill looms over St. John’s hospitals (CBC News Online – February 28, 2008).

February 27, 2008 –  Change the way you think about mental illness: watch these public service announcements from CMHA National. These will air on CBC television over the next year.



February 25, 2008 – Strategic Planning Update: To date, consultant John Abbott (Institute for the Advancement of Public Policy, Inc.) has conducted more than 40 key informant interviews, including CMHA-NL staff, the Board of Directors, and key stakeholders in the mental health field.


On February 16, CMHA-NL board and staff came together for a one-day session with the consultant to discuss these findings and give input on developing our vision, mission, values, and our top strategic directions and objectives for the future. The final report will be released in April.

February 22, 2008 – Our Annual Report for 2006-07 is now available online.

Two special awards were presented at our Annual General Meeting on February 15. See our Award Announcement to learn more.

February 20, 2008 – CMHA-NL is developing an educational DVD on depression in seniors for staff in long term care facilities. See the Public Service Announcement for more details.

February 8, 2008 – Mental Illness Awareness Week October 5th -11th 2008. Please check out the latest newsletter!

February 7, 2008 – Check out CMHA-NL’s new pamphlet! (Please note that if you want to print the pamphlet, it is formatted for printing on legal size–8.5″ x 14″–paper).

February 7, 2008 – For an insightful commentary on recent media coverage of Britney Spears’s public collapse, read In the Britney circus, mental illness is still taboo,written by former CMHA-NL president, Martha Muzychka(The Telegram – February 6, 2008).

January 14, 2008 –  To learn about Eastern Health’s new Assertive Community Treatment program, read Team approach at heart of new mental health program (CBC News Online – January 14, 2008).

January 14, 2008 – CMHA-NL is currently embarking on a strategic planning process. If you would like to have input on our work in this province, please print and fill out the Questionnaire and mail or fax to John Abbott at

Institute for the Advancement of Public Policy
P.O. Box 23005
St. John’s, NL A1B 4J9

Fax. (709) 739-0832

The closing date for this questionnaire is February 15, 2008. We regret that the electronic questionnaire form for online submission is not available at this time; it will be posted here as soon as it is available.

The Annual General Meeting of CMHA-NL will be held on February 15, from 3 to 5 PM. For more details on the AGM or the strategic planning process, please see the Press Release.