As part of the responsibilities that come with being a division of the CMHA National organization, in 2005 divisions and branches across the country participated in a task force that reviewed CMHA’s membership structure, with the intention of establishing consistent membership criteria throughout Canada.
After that review, CMHA/PEI Division initiated a Membership Campaign with the goal of establishing a solid membership base that would help support our organization in its ongoing efforts to deliver mental health programs, education and advocacy services across this province.
We still encourage people to become members of CMHA/PEI. The bottom line is that we need your support and that support can come in many forms. You can become a CMHA/PEI member; you can make donations to our organization; you can become a volunteer, you can get involved in helping us deliver some of our programs; and so on.
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WHO WE ARE
The Canadian Mental Health Association/PEI Division began its work on Prince Edward Island as a division of CMHA National late in 1959.
We are a non-profit mental health agency, promoting the mental health of all Islanders through the provision of information, strategies, supports and services designed to enable people to manage and take positive charge of their lives to the best of their abilities.
WHAT WE DO
The major programs/services CMHA/PEI delivers are:
An innovative, two day, mental illness education program designed for front-line responders that addresses a community need for mental health education and stigma reduction.
Provides 1,000 individuals living with persistent mental health problems with opportunities to become involved in residential, pre-vocation, employment, education and social-recreation programs. Program locations are:
- Fitzroy Centre …………. Charlottetown
- Notre Dame Place …… Summerside
- Hope Centre…………… Alberton
Through social action, CMHA/PEI influences government, other policy makers and funding agencies to improve legislation and services affecting the mental health of Islanders.
Consumer & Family Support Program
Promotes mental health and social action through Self-Help/Mutual Aid; produces an Island-wide self-help and community resource directory; delivers presentations raising mental health/illness awareness; offers resource information (books, pamphlets, videos) through three libraries located in Charlottetown, Summerside and Alberton; and is the primary support resource for the PEI self-help community.
I’m Thumbody Program
A self-esteem program for Grade 3 students presented in the classrooms across the Island by trained volunteers.
‘With Hope in Mind’ Program
A family-to-family program delivered by trained volunteers designed to educate and support family members of someone with a serious mental illness.
Mental Health Works
An award-winning program, delivered by HRA, that offers practical strategies to help managers effectively address complex issues with employees who may be dealing with a mental illness.
Suicide Prevention Program
Delivers the Signals of Suicide program in junior high schools and provides Applied Suicide Intervention Training (ASIST) for caregivers. Also helps coordinate suicide prevention, intervention and post-vention efforts that strengthen supports and enhance resiliency in Island communities.
White Cross Program
Provides regular social-recreation programs in the Queens region and an Island-wide Christmas gift program to people with mental and emotional disorders. Over 500 gifts are delivered each year.