Highlights of MHCC tools, training and resources

highlights_knowledgeExchange_iconKnowledge exchange

  • In 2016, the MHCC hosted two SPARK Training Workshops, one in Ottawa on June 21-23 and another in Australia on June 15-16, in partnership with the National Mental Health Commission of Australia and the New South Wales Mental Health Commission.
  • The Framework for Action, developed through extensive consultations, was released in July 2016, to improve the mental health and well-being of people in Canada and the services they need. It was used by provinces, territories and the federal government to inform Health Accord negotiations.

highlights_MHinWorkplace_iconMental health in the workplace

  • The MHCC has participated in or hosted over 50 events, conferences and workshops to drive the uptake of the Standard and the results of the Case Study Research Project.
  • The MHCC is collaborating with Groupe entreprises en santé in Quebec to offer training workshops for small businesses.
  • Four workshops were held with first responder organizations in Vancouver (June 2016), Winnipeg (September 2016), Halifax (November 2016) and Nicolet (February 2017)
  • The MHCC continues to roll out a campaign to reach new audiences for the Standard by developing partnerships with key influencers to advance workplace mental health, including Colleges and Institutes Canada, Electricity HR Canada and HR associations in New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland.
  • The MHCC partnered with CivicAction to develop the MindsMatter Online Assessment Tool, launched on December 2, 2016. The French version was released in January 2017.
  • The MHCC is working closely with the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada and the Canada School of Public Service to assist with the operationalization of the federal government’s mental health strategy.  MHCC delivered 49 educational sessions for the federal public service in Fiscal 2016-2017.
  • In partnership with Ottawa Public Health, MHCC developed 13 short, bilingual white board illustration videos on the psychological factors that impact mental health in the workplace.

highlights_stigma_iconOpening Minds anti-stigma initiatives

  • The MHCC worked with over 150 partner organizations and agencies on a variety of evidence-based projects involving youth, health care providers, workplace, first responders and news media.
  • Through MHCC co-ordination, the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma oversaw the Mindset journalism award, funded by Great West Life, which was presented at the 2017 Canadian Association of Journalists Conference.
  • The Working Mind program
  • Offered seven train-the-trainer sessions, with 118 total participants
  • Offered 352 training sessions (of which 202 were primary sessions and 150 were leadership sessions) with 5,118 total participants this year
  • Awarded contract to train all 270,000 federal public servants in The Working Mind
  • Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR)
  • 32 train-the-trainer sessions, with 684 total participants
  • 1,449 total training sessions (of which 1,134 were half day primary courses and 315 were full-day leadership sessions) with 22,555 total participants
  • The Inquiring Mind (TIM)
  • Pilot testing of The Inquiring Mind (TIM) is currently underway at eight colleges and universities in Alberta and Nova Scotia


  • The MHCC worked with the MHCC Youth Council to develop a video for health providers that helps them understand the youth perspective on recovery.
  • The MHCC collaborated with the Commission of the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International and the Canadian Centre for Accreditation to undertake a review of their guidelines ensuring consistency with the Recovery Guidelines.
  • The MHCC hosted 10 monthly webinars focused
    on the Recovery Guidelines, regularly drawing
    300 or more participants.
  • The MHCC held four regional events to highlight the Recovery Guidelines (Vancouver, Sudbury, Halifax and St. John’s).
  • The MHCC developed a formal agreement with the Association québecoise pour la réadaptation psychosociale to develop a French webinar series on the Recovery Guidelines.

highlights_sucidePrevention_iconSuicide prevention

  • The MHCC provided support and advice in the development of the National Inuit Suicide Prevention Strategy.
  • The MHCC worked with the Canadian Police Knowledge Network to launch an interactive online training module in May 2016. Uptake of the program has been exceptional and course satisfaction ratings have been extremely high (93 per cent).
  • The MHCC partnered with the World Health Organization to develop and release a toolkit (January 2017) for community mobilization for implementation in low/middle-income countries and supplied a #308 Conversations case study.
  • The MHCC developed a partnership with the Canadian Distress Line Network to support training and evaluation to ensure consistent, culturally appropriate service delivery.