Canadian Mental Health Association

Canadian Mental Health Association

April 18, 2005 08:00 ET

Launch of New CMHA Site

Mental Health Gets New Face and Functionality on the Web Attention: Health/Medical Editor, Tech/Telecomm Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 18, 2005) - One of Canada's oldest health charities went live today with a newly designed and updated, fully bilingual web presence. At www.cmha.ca, the Canadian Mental Health Association's website has been a trusted source of information for millions of people worldwide since it was first launched in 1997. New and returning visitors will find it easy to navigate the vast collection of more than 1,000 pages of information on many areas of mental health and mental illness.

The welcoming, intuitive design offers helpful features, such as pre-defined searches on common topics, a support centre that includes themed virtual discussion groups, and a complete listing of the CMHA's popular resources - ranging from policy guides to educational pamphlets. Also new to the site are quick links to CMHA locations across Canada, and a new online store, ShopCMHA. With secure e-commerce functionality, ShopCMHA makes it simple to purchase resources and promotional items, and even to donate to the National Association, from virtually any computer.

"For nearly 90 years, the CMHA has been a leading source of information for people here in Canada and in fact, around the world, and with our new website, we are now even better equipped to support those searching for information on all aspects of mental health and mental illness," says Penny Marrett, CEO, CMHA National Office.

The new and improved site comes online just in time for the 54th annual Mental Health Week, from May 2 - 8, and will play a key role in the CMHA's national awareness campaign. Right on the home page, visitors will notice the featured section, Mind + Body Fitness, which is the theme for this year's Mental Health Week. The section explains the link between physical and mental health, offers tips on how to get mentally fit, and engages the reader in real-life stories about different things that people do to stay mentally healthy. There's even an online self-assessment tool to test awareness of mind + body fitness.

"We understand the importance of having credible information that is easily accessible, in both official languages, and that's why we decided it was time to move forward with this exciting new website - to ensure people can easily find what they need, when and where they need it, from a source they trust," Ms. Marrett adds.

The Canadian Mental Health Association is a national, voluntary organization that exists to promote the mental health of all people and to serve mental health consumers, their families and friends through education, public awareness, research, advocacy and direct services in more than 135 communities across the country. Visit the CMHA's new website at www.cmha.ca. /For further information: Rachelle Amyotte, Communications Assistant, CMHA, 416-484-7750 x 234 or rachellea@cmha.ca./ IN: HEALTH, TECHNOLOGY

Contact Information

  • Joanne Koskie, National Director of Communications, Canadian Mental Health Association
    Primary Phone: 416-484-7750 ext. 236
    E-mail: jkoskie@cmha.ca