The Montreal Branch
Member of a national network, the Canadian Mental Health Association – Montreal Branch is a non-profit organization founded in 1979 that works for the promotion of mental health and the prevention of mental illness. With as its cornerstone the social determinants of health, our efforts target the Montreal community, in addition to paying particular attention to certain populations (young people, seniors, work environments, entrepreneurs, care workers, and people living alone).
The CMHA — Montreal Branch promotes the transfer of knowledge, resources, and skills. It actively participates in developing and implementing provincial policies on mental health. These efforts to increase the availability and quality of mental health services and its collaboration in the fight to reduce social inequalities are testimony to its global approach. Through its inclusive approach, it emphasizes the importance of community and social determinants in the quest for well-being. Because of this, its positioning confirms the impact of environments on mental health, and its approach promotes the involvement of a range of societal actors for the cause.
Our efforts are based on these 3 main approaches:
· Social determinants of health (promotion of mental health, public health approach, individual and collective principles, favourable environments)
· Adaptation process (resilience, development of social and emotional skills, empowerment)
· Social impact (sustainable impact, social change, mobilization, change of mindsets, etc.)