About CAMIMH

The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH)

The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) is a non-profit organization comprised of health care providers as well as organizations which represent individuals with lived experience of mental illness. Established in 1998, CAMIMH is a volunteer run organization that provides mental health education to the public. A fundamental objective of CAMIMH is to engage Canadians in a national conversation about mental illness. By starting this conversation, CAMIMH hopes to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and provide insight into the services and support available to those living with mental illness.

One of CAMIMH’s major annual initiatives is the Faces of Mental Illness campaign, a national education campaign that operates in conjunction with Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). MIAW will reach more Canadians than ever before through their annual campaigns. We hope you join the conversation and help put an end to the stigma associated with mental illness.

History

History
Established in 1998, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) is an alliance of mental health organizations comprised of health care providers and organizations representing persons with mental illness and their families and caregivers. CAMIMH’s mandate is to ensure that mental health is placed on the national agenda so that persons with a lived experience of mental illness and their families receive appropriate access to care and support.

Vision

Vision
We envision a country where all Canadians enjoy good mental health. Canadians with a lived experience of mental illness, their families and care providers must have access to the care, support and respect to which they are entitled and in parity with other health conditions.

Principles

We are committed to a National Action Plan that upholds the following principles:

  • Mental illness and mental health issues must be considered within the framework of the determinants of health and recognizes the important linkages among mental, neurological and physiological health.
  • Given the impact of mental health issues and mental illness (ie on the suffering of Canadians, on mortality, especially from suicide, on the economy, on social services such as health, education and criminal justice), Canadian governments and health planners must address mental health issues commensurate with the level of their burden on society.
  • Mental health promotion and the treatment of mental illnesses must be timely, continuous, inter-disciplinary, culturally appropriate, and integrated across the full life cycle and the continuum of care (i.e. physical and mental health; social supports and tertiary care to home/community care).
Directors

Directors, Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health

  • John Higenbottam (Co Chair) - PSR /RPS Canada
  • Dave Gallson (Co Chair) - Mood Disorders Association of Canada
  • Vicky Huehn (Treasurer) - PSR /RPS Canada
  • Elaine Campbell (Secretary) - Canadian Association of Social Workers
  • Kim Hollihan - Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
  • Lisa Crawley - Canadian Federation of Mental Health Nurses
  • Florence Budden - Schizophrenia Society of Canada

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