Core Functions

  • BUILDING CAPACITY- CMHA-NL is building capacity by strengthening the capacity of individuals, families, professionals, organizations, and communities to address mental health needs.
  • INFLUENCING POLICY- Influencing the design and implementation of policies and services related to mental health has been another way we've been able to make widespread, meaningful change.
  • PROVIDING SERVICES- CMHA-NL also provides services and supports that maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness.
  • DEVELOPING RESOURCES- Building the financial and human resources and partnerships required to address mental health needs has been another vital way that CMHA-NL has been able to affect change on both personal and professional levels.

Key Values & Principles

  • Embracing the voice of people with mental health issues
  • Promoting inclusion
  • Working collaboratively
  • Influencing the social determinants of health (e.g. housing, justice)
  • Focusing on the mental health needs of all age groups
  • Using evidence to inform our work
  • Being transparent and accountable


Workplace Mental Health Program

The Workplace Mental Health program addresses work/life balance, building respectful workplaces, and dealing with stress and mental illness in the workplace.

Changing Minds

Changing Minds, anti-stigma mental illness education program, featuring people with lived experience who help others understand, respect, and develop communication skills to better support individuals who have a mental illness.

Think Twice

Think Twice is a provincial anti-stigma and mental illness education initiative for youth.

Seniors Mental Health

The Seniors’ Mental Health Education Program addresses many mental health issues including depression, psychosis, substance use, delirium, dementia, suicide, aging, and promoting recovery and well-being in the later years of life.

Kids Have Stress Too!

Kids Have Stress Too! helps parents and caregivers understand childhood stress and how to provide children with the tools to deal with stress effectively.

Tattered Teddies & Straight Talk

Tattered Teddies and Straight Talk are workshops offered by CMHA-NL’s regional offices to address the specific needs of children and youth at risk of suicide.


Hot Soup Cool Jazz

Hot Soup Cool Jazz is an annual fundraiser in support of 5 non profits and their work to support youth at risk

Mental Health Week

Mental Health Week is a national CMHA program that is held annually during the first week in May to engage all Canadians on the topic of mental health.

Ride Don’t Hide

Ride Don’t Hide is a community bike ride hosted by CMHA-NL with the goal to raise awareness and help break the stigma surrounding mental health.

Tickle Swim for Mental Health

August 18, 2018 (weather permitting)

Tickle Swim for Mental Health is a 5 km swim across the Tickle from Bell Island to Portugal Cove to raise awareness about mental health issues.


Justice Program

The Justice Program provides in-reach to inmates with mental illness at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary and intensive case management/community support after release for a period of one year.

At Work Program

At Work assists individuals with mental health issues and who are unemployed (or under-employed), to obtain and maintain competitive employment.


Feelings Wheel


The Feeling Wheel can help people recognize and communicate what they are feeling. The inner circle is labeled with names of primary feelings (mad, sad, scared, joyful, powerful, and peaceful). The outer rings contain names of secondary feelings related to the primary ones. Use the Feelings Wheel, by Gloria Willcox, to describe how you’re feeling.

Self-Care Wheel


With over 80 self-care exercises and healing modalities, the Self-Care Wheel, by Olga Phoenix, is a great beginning for your personalized, preventative, and sustainable Self-Care plan. Use the Self-Care Wheel below to manage every-day stress, increase contentment and life satisfaction, and learn which areas of your life need improvement.

Self-Esteem Journal


Positive journaling has been found to help improve feelings of well-being and self-esteem. Record three daily statements related to your successes, good qualities, and positive experiences. This worksheet, by, is great for those who need ideas to journal about and has been designed with daily prompts, such as “Today I accomplished…” and “Something I did for someone…”.

Support vs. ‘Toxic Positivity’


Offering someone ‘toxic positivity’ can often shut down the conversation by making them feel they shouldn’t share their ‘bad’ feelings. Supporting others through validation can let them know that their negative feelings are okay and they are not alone. The chart below, by Whitney Hawkins Goodman, LMFT, provides examples of validating statements versus toxic positivity. Which statement will have a more effective outcome for the person you are trying to support?

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Workplace Mental Health Corporate Sponsor Flyer


Corporate sponsors bring valuable support, a network of people and, oftentimes. employees who are passionate about creating positive change. Help build a society where people with a mental illness diagnosis can reach out for treatment without fear, shame, or stigma.

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