Member Statement November 6, 2018 – 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Mental Health Association
Ms. Chartier: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Mental Health Association. It is one of the oldest voluntary health organizations in Canada. Each year it provides services and supports to more than 1.3 million Canadians through the combined efforts of more than 11,000 volunteers and staff in over 330 Canadian communities. It was founded by Dr. Clarence M. Hincks and Clifford W. Beers in 1918. Hincks saw a growing need for mental health supports in his work at the psychiatric outpatient clinic in Toronto. He also noticed no one was helping soldiers who came back traumatized from war. In Saskatchewan in 1948, volunteers from Saskatoon began visiting patients in the psychiatric hospital in North Battleford. In 1950 the federal government suggested CMHA [Canadian Mental Health Association] set up a pilot division in one province. Saskatchewan was chosen. Since then, the Saskatchewan division of CMHA has been committed to a threefold mission to provide advocacy, public awareness, and services to patients in the Saskatchewan mental health hospitals and to consumers of mental health services living in the community. CMHA has branch offices in Prince Albert, North Battleford, Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw, Swift Current, Weyburn, Melville, and Estevan. Mr. Speaker, I ask all members to join me in congratulating CMHA in reaching this remarkable milestone and to thank them for being a nationwide leader and champion for mental health. Thank you.