Section Nine

Advocacy Groups for Mental Health in Canada

Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH)

The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) is Canada’s largest mental health advocacy group. It is an alliance of mental health organizations comprised of health care providers as well as of the mentally ill and their families.

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is a national voluntary organization that promotes mental health and serves consumers and others through education, public awareness, research, advocacy, and direct services.

Disability Rights International (DRI)

Disability Rights International (DRI) is an advocacy organization dedicated to the recognition and enforcement of rights of people with mental disabilities.

Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is a non-profit organization created to focus national attention on mental health issues, to work to improve the mental health of Canadians, and to reduce the stigma associated with this disease.

Schizophrenia Society of Canada

This toolkit provides support and basis information regarding core concepts of advocacy and working with the media. It provides practical steps that are required by people living with mental illness, caregivers and supporters to start advocating (SSC, 2007).

World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH)

The World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) is the only international, multidisciplinary, grassroots advocacy and education mental health organization.

World Health Organization (WHO)

The World Health Organization (WHO) is the United Nations agency for health. The objective set out in its constitution is the attainment, by all peoples, of the highest possible level of health.