11,000+ partners and volunteers.
87 Divisions, Branches, and Regions.
1 National Office.
Our Vision (National)
Mentally healthy people in a healthy society.
Who We Are and What We Do
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is a nation-wide charitable mental health and addictions organization, established in 1918. CMHA is comprised of 87 separate entities; there is a National leadership body, 10 Provincial Divisions (one) in each province, 2 special topic Centers of Excellence and 75 community-based Branches across the nation. CMHA mental health and addictions supports and services would not be possible without the committed work of over 5,000 staff, along with the involvement of 11,000 community members that include partners, volunteers, and stakeholders.
Canadian Mental Health Associations in Nova Scotia are the oldest community-based mental health and addictions charitable organizations in the province, founded in 1908.The CMHA NS Division holds the licence and provides provincial leadership for mental health in Nova Scotia, with the support of 5 CMHA Branches.
There are 3 Divisional sites located in Dartmouth, Annapolis Royal and Bridgewater and five CMHA Branches (Yarmouth-Southwest Nova Branch, Kings County Branch, Colchester East Hants Branch, Dartmouth-Halifax Branch, and Cape Breton Branch).
CMHAs are governed by a National vision: “Mentally healthy people in a healthy society” and provides community-based mental health and addiction supports and services within three key strategic areas: Strengthening Our Collective Voice, Ensuring Quality Services and Enhancing Organizational Health.
In alignment with the National Vision and Strategic Goals CMHA NS Division’s mission is to support the Mental Health of all Nova Scotians. This mission is achieved through the provision of community-based supports and services that promotes positive mental health- quality of life- and prevents mental ill health related injury and disease through:
- Strengthening our Collective Voice by developing collaborative and supportive relationships among multiple sectors and partners, in support of mental health for all;
- Ensuring Quality Services through the provision of quality and timely, evidence based mental health promotion- injury disease (mental health and addictions) awareness, education, trainings, programs and initiatives that mental health and quality of life for all Nova Scotians; and,
- Enhancing Organizations Health by providing provincial and local community leadership to pilot and deliver innovative evidence-based mental health promotion, injury-disease recovery based prevention supports and services for all Nova Scotians.