Mental health

Canadian Mental Health Association / Association canadienne pour la santé mentale
Research, public policy, public education. Support centres in many regions; online discussion groups. Pamphlets on many aspects of mental health and mental illness, most of which can be viewed online in PDF format. Some in Farsi/Dari, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Somali, Serbo-Croatian, Tamil and Urdu.

National Network for Mental Health
Network for Canadian consumers / survivors provides resources and education. Links to other survivor networks and coalitions.

National Institute of Mental Health
NIH website. Resources in English and Spanish. Research summaries, clinical trial links.

Mental Help Net
Comprehensive list of links.

Internet Mental Health
Diagnostic resources, large selection of online booklets

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Public hospital providing direct patient care. Brochures on effects of stigma, overcoming stigma; policy papers on employment.

Mental health in the workplace

Mental Health Commission of Canada
The MHCC offers English and French language publications and reports on mental health in the workplace. These include: Psychological Health and Safety: An Action Guide for Employers, A Leadership Framework for Advancing Workplace Mental Health, and Elements and Priorities for Working Toward a Psychologically Safer Workplace

Conference Board of Canada
"Building Mentally Healthy Workplaces: Perspectives of Canadian Workers and Front-Line Managers." (June 2011) Challenges and strategies.

Global Business and Economic Roundtable on Addiction and Mental Health
Analyses linkages between business, the economy, mental health and work. Best business practices for mental wellbeing; employer tips re early detection.

Mental Health Works
CMHA initiative for employers managing productivity and workplace relations issues. Online workshops, free resources, conference speakers.


Canadian Human Rights Commission

The Canadian Human Rights Commission (est. 1977) administers the Canadian Human Rights Act and is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Employment Equity Act. Both laws ensure that the principles of equal opportunity and non-discrimination are followed in all areas of federal jurisdiction. See best practices, tools and resources for employers under "Preventing Discrimination."

Ontario Human Rights Commission

The Commission ( provides information on Ontario's Human Rights Code, policies and case summaries. You can also contact Commission staff by e-mail. Ontario Human Rights Code (enact. 1962) can be browsed via e-laws at

Related materials

Frado, L. "Diversity works: Accommodations in the workplace for people with mental illness." (1993)

Canadian Auto Workers
For language and precedents re the duty to accommodate, see Employee and Family Assistance Program.

Human Resource Professional Association
Responsibilities and obligations for HR professionals, including confidentiality re employee health.