December 8, 2009 –

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

December 2, 2009 – St. Thomas’ church in St. John’s is holding a free dinner on Christmas Day. For more details, click here to read the flyer.

November 18, 2009 – Spread some joy this holiday season and support CMHA-NL by purchasing a high-quality giclée of Jean Claude Roy’s “Joie De Vivre” or a set of notecards featuring the same image. Proceeds from the sale of the giclées and the notecards will support the work of CMHA-NL. For more details, click the image of “Joie de Vivre” below.

And for an exciting stocking stuffer that can win great prizes, you can now purchase our Holiday Raffle tickets! For more details or to purchase tickets, contact Beverley at 738-2179 or email us. More information on the tickets and the prizes will be posted on our website in the next few days, so please check back.

November 13, 2009 – CMHA-NL is looking to hire two case managers for the new Justice Project. For more information, please click here to read the job ad. This competition closes on November 30, 2009.

To read about all the work we’ve been doing here at CMHA-NL, please read CMHA-NL’s 2008-09 Annual Report.

October 28, 2009 – On Thursday, October 29th, we will be moving the CMHA-NL office to our new location: the first floor of the CNIB Building at 70 The Boulevard, St. John’s. Please note that there will be temporary disruptions in our services for a few days until we are set up. We apologize for any inconvenience. Our new mailing address is:

Canadian Mental Health Association, NL Division

First Floor, CNIB Building

70 The Boulevard

St. John’s, NL  A1A 1K2

October 2, 2009 – For all the details about what’s happening during Mental Illness Awareness Week 2009 (October 4 – 10), read CMHA-NL’s press release, or click here to see a schedule of events for CMHA-NL, CHANNAL, and the Schizophrenia Society of NL.

The Mental Illness Awareness Week Faces of Mental Illness 2009 Campaign has selected Mark Gruchy, CMHA-NL’s Board of Directors’ Vice President, as one of the Faces. To see the Faces poster featuring Mark and to read his bio, please click here. For more information about Mental Illness Awareness Week, click here to read the brochure.

September 17, 2009 – From October 2 – 7, 2009, CMHA-NL would like to invite you to Mindscapes, an art exhibit by the Open Windows Studio (formerly the Waterford Art Program) at the Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John’s. For more information, click here to view the flyer.

September 15, 2009 – To kick off Mental Illness Awareness Week, on Sunday, October 4th starting at 1:30 PM, the Schizophrenia Society of NL (SSNL)is holding their Journey of Hope Walk to raise funds to support SSNL’s work in our province. For more information, click here to see the poster.

September 9, 2009 – During Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 4 – 10, 2009), join CMHA-NL at the Battery Hotel and Suites for our Third Annual Fundraising Gala on Thursday, October 8th starting at 6:30 PM.

For more information, please click the image below to view the flyer.

The event will feature live and silent auctions with art by Jean Claude Roy and the Waterford Art Program. Tickets are $65 and all proceeds will help support the work of CMHA-NL in this province.

For more information about the Gala or to purchase tickets, please call Beverley at 757-7218, or email us.

September 2, 2009 – During Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 4 to 10, 2009), CMHA-NL will be holding its 2008-09 Annual General Meeting on Friday, October 9th from 3:30 to 4:30 PM at the Battery Hotel and Suites, St. John’s. For more detailed information, click here to read the official AGM invitation.


August 31, 2009 – On Saturday, August 29th, 2009, Mel Thompson finished his bike ride across Canada to raise awareness about mental health and raise funds for mental health programs, arriving at the finish line here in St. John’s. CMHA-NL would like to congratulate Mel on his successful voyage. Click here to see a picture of Mel after his arrival in Bowring Park for the reception(Pictured left to right: Colleen Hanrahan, Mel Thompson, and John Abbott – CMHA-NL Board of Directors). For more information on Mel’s bike ride for mental health, visit the official website.

August 11, 2009 – On Wednesday, August 26th, from 5 to 7 PM at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John’s, the Canadian Psychiatric Association is holding a public forum on stigma and mental illness, “What’s so funny about mental illness?” featuring comedian Big Daddy Tazz and Dr. David Goldbloom, vice-chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. For more information, click here to see the ad.

July 14, 2009 –

Today marks the official launch of CMHA-NL’s Work Well NL website–www.workwellnl.ca–an internet-based resource for people living with a mental illness in Newfoundland and Labrador that offers information on supports and services throughout the province that can help them finish school or pursue post-secondary education or training, and/or obtain and maintain employment.To learn more, visit Work Well NL!

May 21, 2009 – To learn about Ben Verboom’s journey to raise awareness about suicide and combat the stigma associated with mental illness, read “Cyclist sets out on national trek to help promote suicide awareness” by Barb Sweet (The Telegram, May 21, 2009).

May 14, 2009 – CHANNAL has put together a great booklet all about recovery from mental illness. Click here to read it.

May 6, 2009 – On May 2nd, the Toronto Star published a special section related to mental health. To read these articles online, visit the HealthZone.ca website.

May 5, 2009 – To see some of the presentations from our Mental Health Week 2009 Symposium yesterday, visit our Events page.

May 4, 2009 – Today marks the beginning of Mental Health Week 2009 across Canada. The theme for this year’s Mental Health Week (May 4th – 10th 2009) is mental health and the economy, and our main message for these stressful economic times is “Now more than ever…invest in yourself!”

CMHA National and Desjardins Financial Security have partnered on a nation-wide survey that asks people about the impact of the economy on their mental health.To see the slides from a presentation about the Health is Cool 2009 Survey Summary, click on the image below.

To read more about this survey, click here.

For tips for employers to help their employees ride out the current economic storm, click here. Check out the Employee Tips, too.

April 23, 2009 – CMHA National Office has put together a Mental Health Week 2009 PowerPoint presentation with tips on how to build resilience and good mental health in a tough economy. Click here to download the presentation.

The Mental Health Week 2009 Brochure is also now available to download and view by clicking here.

April 21, 2009 – Worried about the economy, mounting debt, and family pressures?


From May 4th-10th join Canadian Mental Health Association – Newfoundland and Labrador Division in celebration of Mental Health Week 2009. On May 4th CMHA-NL will be holding a Symposium focusing on this year’s theme, “Now More Than Ever…Invest In Yourself.” This session is free to the public and will take place at the Health Sciences Centre Main Auditorium from 2:00-5:00pm. For more information, click here to see the ad.

To view a larger version of the Mental Health Week 2009 poster, click on the image above.

March 24, 2009 – The theme for this year’s Mental Health Week (May 4th – 11th 2009) is mental health and the economy; our main message for these stressful economic times is “Now more than ever…invest in yourself!” To view CMHA National’s Public Service Announcement, please click the image below to watch the video.

(Please note that you will need Apple Quicktime to view the PSA, which is available free by clicking here.) Check back in the coming weeks for details on CMHA-NL’s upcoming events during Mental Health Week 2009.

March 11, 2009 – For CMHA National’s response to the recently released Correctional Investigator’s Report, please read “Canadian Mental Health Association urges governments to develop more appropriate solutions for the mentally ill housed in today’s prisons”(CMHA Media Release – March 6, 2009).

February 25, 2009 – On March 19, 2009 at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland, the Hot Soup, Cool Jazz fundraiser will be held in support of organizations that work to fight youth homelessness and poverty in our community. This event will feature live jazz, live and silent auctions, as well as a gourmet soup competition. For more information about the event and purchasing tickets, please see the flyer.

Kismet Baun has written another great article about the media and mental illness. Click to read “Stigma Matters: The Media’s Impact on Public Perceptions of Mental Illness” from the February 2009 issue of Ottawa Life.

Did you know that poorer Canadians are more likely to be hospitalized for depression but have similar hospital experiences? For more information, visit the Canadian Institute for Health Research’s (CIHR) website to read the report “The Association Between Socio-Economic Status and Inpatient Hospital Service Use for Depression.”

February 17, 2009 – Geoff Chaulk recently interviewed Louise Jones, interim president and CEO of Eastern Health for his “Supper Time” column.Click here to read his article as it appeared in the Telegram (February 17, 2009).

The Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) has released a policy paper on media guidelines for reporting suicide. Click here to read it.

February 9, 2009 – To read CMHA-NL Executive Director Geoff Chaulk’s most recent “Supper Time” column in The Telegram, see “Rich, Full Life for Peter Ralph” (February 3, 2009).

January 27, 2009 – To learn more abouthow the media distortsthe image of mental illness, read “The role of the media in forming attitudes towards mental illness” by Kismet Baun from the Winter 2009 issue of Moods Magazine.(Posted here with the permission of Moods Magazine.)

January 8, 2009 – For the past two years, along with a variety of partners from many sectors, CMHA-NL has been working with theVibrant Communities St. John’s initiative to reduce poverty and build community capacity. Vibrant Communities is now looking for a Youth Education Support (YES!) Coordinator to work at the Rabbittown Community Centre. See the job ad for more information.

January 7, 2009 – CMHA-NL is hiring a Manager of Corporate Services to support the work of the organization in our province. For more information, see the Job Adand the full Job Description. The closing date for this competition is January 21, 2009.

If you would like more information on any of the above news, please contact us.