Welcome to the National Network for Mental Health website. It is my sincerest hope that you find the information you see here to be both informative, and inspirational.
The National Network for Mental Health is a unique national organization that has a "grassroots" history and approach. It is the only non-diagnostic mental health consumer/survivor organization that is national in scope and service in Canada.
We, as an organization, are 100% consumer/survivor driven. This means that all of our board members, voting members, and most of our staff, are mental health consumer/survivors. As an organization, we believe networking to be based on the principles of inclusion and informed choice and we respect each person's individuality as we work together to find "common ground".
Our organization began as the Canadian Mental Health Association - National Office's "Consumer Participation Task Group" in the 1980's and became independent in 1991, changed its name to the National Network for Mental Health and became incorporated in 1992. More than 15 years after incorporation, we have seen government support come and go, and still we remain strong because of our commitment to each other, our peers, and the national consumer/survivor movement.
Through that same time period, we, as an organization, have developed working relationships with businesses and organizations from the private and public sectors, government - both federally and provincially, and with hundreds of individuals who have been good enough to volunteer their time.
As we pass through time, we see only a positive outlook for our organization and those we represent. We see a promise that the Canadian consumer/survivor community will become empowered by equality, respect, policy input, informed choice, inclusion, and ownership of our own lives.
Our New Vision
We live in a nation that nurtures the mental health and well being of all its citizens, where diversity is celebrated, and where those who experience mental health challenges live free from discrimination, and are respected, and supported in their recovery journey to be fully included, productive and valued members of society.