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Top Mental Health Charities in Canada

Why donors are focused on mental health

Mental health continues to be a topic of priority for many donors, and for good reason. By the time Canadians reach 40 years of age, 1 in 2 have—or have had—a mental illness. As more people are affected by mental health issues many are deciding to take action through their philanthropic planning.

Savvy financial advisors are also taking steps to inform their conversations with donors by understanding the landscape of mental health charities in Canada. There are many notable charities dedicated to supporting individuals and their families living with mental health issues. Here are a few of the top mental health charities that financial advisors may want to familiarize themselves with to best support donors in achieving their charitable giving goals and may wish to consider the professional help of Gift Funds Canada.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health is Canada's largest mental health teaching hospital and one of the world's leading research centres in its field. With a dedicated staff of more than 3,000 physicians, clinicians, researchers, educators and support staff, CAMH offers clinical care to more than 34,000 patients each year.

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

The Canadian Mental Health Association provides support to more than 1.3 million Canadians annually. Through advocacy, programs and resources, they support individuals living with mental health issues. Their range of services and supports are provided to communities across Canada thanks to the efforts of more than 11,000 volunteers and staff.

Youth Mental Health Canada

Youth Mental Health Canada is a grassroots non-profit organization focused on education and advocacy for youth mental health change. Through advocacy, they help garner funding for innovative supports and services in healthcare and education.

BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services

The BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services provide healthcare to people with complex needs, including severe and persistent mental health and substance use issues. They work with regional health authorities and other key stakeholders to ensure access to specialized mental health and substance use services are available to everyone who needs them, regardless of where they live.

Providence Care

Providence Care provides inpatient care and services for adults and seniors with severe mental illness such as Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Mood Disorders and major depressive disorders. They work with stakeholders across Ontario to provide specialized are in aging, mental health and rehabilitation.

If your clients are interested in supporting their preferred charity, we can help. Gift Funds Canada provides financial advisors and their clients with the tools and expertise to create a charitable gift fund. A charitable gift fund allows donors to create a low cost, flexible instrument for charitable giving as an alternative to direct giving or creating a private foundation. Donors enjoy administrative convenience, cost savings and tax advantages by conducting their grant making through the fund. And, advisors benefit from professional support and expertise every step of the way.