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9.7% of households with children are food insecure as a result of financial challenges faced in accessing adequate food.
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Mental Health & Chronic Disease


  • A catalyst for improving the mental health system and changing the attitudes and behaviours of Canadians around mental health issues. Through its unique mandate from Health Canada, the MHCC brings together leaders and organizations from across the country to accelerate these changes. 
  • Newly redesigned website (May 2013), organized by issues, initiatives and projects, to clearly represent the MHCC's work. Featuring updated content, visitors can use the new website to easily navigate and access the Commission’s mental health resources, documents, reports, photos, and videos.
  • As a nation-wide, voluntary organization, the Canadian Mental Health Association promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness. The CMHA accomplishes this mission through advocacy, education, research and service.
  • A non-profit organization comprised of health care providers as well as organizations which represent individuals with lived experience of mental illness. Established in 1998, CAMIMH is a volunteer run organization that provides mental health education to the public. A fundamental objective of CAMIMH is to engage Canadians in a national conversation about mental illness.


  • A collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to deliver a series of three webinars focusing on the topic of mental health promotion, mental illness prevention, and chronic disease. Topics include suicide prevention, stigma reduction in children and youth, and workplace mental health.
Where's Mental Health in Chronic Disease Prevention - OCDPA Panel Discussion
  • This forum focused specifically on mental health with the objective of increasing the understanding of the dynamic interrelationship between physical health and mental health, and identifying opportunities to take collaborative action in Ontario.
  • A team of dietitians specializing in mental health promotion and care authored sections of a Dietitians of Canada role paper which outlines how nutrition helps provide a solid foundation for mental health. The overall goal of the role paper, Promoting Mental Health through Healthy Eating and Nutritional Care, is to support the work of dietitians and to guide future dietetics practice as it relates to mental health. The document also provides policy makers, and other interested groups and individuals, with an evidence-based summary of the current literature about the promotion of mental health through healthy eating and nutritional care. This role paper is also available divided into three section papers (below), each representing an area of practice in nutrition and mental health: The Role of Nutrition in Mental Health Promotion and Prevention (1) The Role of Nutrition Care for Mental Health Conditions (2) Nutrition and Mental Health: Therapeutic Approaches (3).
  • Background paper - Mental health and physical health are fundamentally linked. People living with a serious mental illness are at higher risk of experiencing a wide range of chronic physical conditions. Conversely, people living with chronic physical health conditions experience depression and anxiety at twice the rate of the general population.
  • On February 6, 2009, the OCDPA, in partnership with its members, the Canadian Mental Health Association - Ontario Division and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, hosted a Systems Think Tank on Mental Health and Chronic Disease Prevention: Moving Forward to:
    • Enhance the capacity of the chronic disease prevention system; 
    • Integrate mental health promotion into current and future work within the system; and 
    • Identify opportunities for collaboration.
  • "We now know that persons with these chronic illnesses have much higher rates of depression and anxiety than the general population. Major depression among persons experiencing chronic medical conditions increases the burden of their physical illness and somatic symptoms, causes an increase in functional impairment, and increases medical costs. The presence of mental illness with long-term illnesses impairs self-care and adherence to treatment regimens and causes increased mortality. The bottom line is that mental illnesses occur with chronic mental conditions in many patients, causing significant role impairment, work loss and work cutback. Yet, effective treatments for mental illnesses exist. We have appropriate interventions to address these problems, reducing the burden on people's lives and the economic and social burden on society."