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We Inspire

With more than 1.6 million people in Canada reporting an unmet need for mental health care, it’s no wonder that 1 in 2 report that they have experienced a delay in accessing services (or know someone who has). The need for quality, timely, accessible, and culturally appropriate mental health care cannot be overstated.

We inspire to open hearts to a better future.

2.1 Achieve mental and physical health equity by uplifting the strong stakeholder community and amplifying the voices of lived and living experience.

2.2 Create an inclusive and discrimination-free Canada, where recovery from mental illness isn’t just possible — it’s expected.

2.3 Influence governments and organizations to put mental health at the top of the agenda.

Below, you’ll find links to all our “Inspire” projects and programs. Please note that some of our projects fit multiple strategic objectives, so you may see them on more than one page.

The National Community of Practice (NCoP) brings Roots of Hope communities together to engage in peer to peer support and connect representatives, researchers, regional stakeholders, and people with lived experience…

Mental health affects everyone, including health-care workers. This video tells the story of an individual who finds access to quality mental health care services — but only after an overwhelming…

Suicide Postvention Resources for Canadian Communities, based on our own environmental scan, summarizes over 35 different resources and includes related links and descriptions.

Substance use health and mental health (SUHMH) are closely linked, with many people experiencing challenges relating to both at the same time. Polling by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) and the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has found that COVID-19 had significant, persistent, and complex impacts on SUHMH. At the same time, the pandemic also accelerated the evolution of innovative health policy and technology.

While integrated services for mental health and substance use health have been studied for more than two decades no recent or comprehen­sive reviews exist — particularly with a peer research…

Over the past five years, we have led a pan-Canadian program to assess the impact of cannabis legalization and use on mental health. Our key findings synthesize results from 20…

Roots of Hope is a community-based model that supports populations across Canada in reducing the impact of suicide in their local context. The model builds on community expertise to implement…

Belgian singer Stromae — whose hits meld weighty themes with clubby beats — touches on the complexities of mental health on his recent album, Multitude. Ahead of his North American tour, CBC Music host Florence K looks at its lyrics and layers.

During World Eating Disorders Action Day, we can help break the cycle of shame and silence that leads to inaction around these diseases.