Media Advisory: Join CMHA in Deconstructing Normal at its sixth annual Mental Health For All conference

Press Release

Toronto (ONTARIO) Oct. 19, 2021 – The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) will host its sixth annual Mental Health for All Conference (MH4A 2021) LIVE on a virtual platform on October 19 and 20, 2021, starting at 11:00 AM.

  • The theme for this national event is Deconstructing Normal. In the face of the pandemic, there is so much yearning to get “back to normal.” But what if normal is a problem?
  • This year’s conference brings together mental health leaders, thinkers, front-line workers and people who have lived experience of a mental illness to reflect on what normal is and what it does to people, institutions and systems.

With generous support from the Mental Health Commission of Canada and Edgewood Health Network, the conference features keynotes by Dr. Javeed Sukhera, Stacy-Ann Buchanan, Dr. Carol Hopkins and Vu Le, a youth panel, Indigenous perspectives on wellness and an array of sessions on peer support, substance use, national mental health standards and more.

Event:  The Canadian Mental Health Association’s 6th annual Mental Health for All Conference (MH4A 2021)

Date:    Tuesday, October 19 – Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Location:   A virtual conference experience, offering live workshops and keynotes as well as virtual exhibitors, networking “rooms” and more via

Speakers and Panels:

October 19, 2021

  • 11:00 a.m – 11:30 a.m EST – Opening remarks
  • 11:40 a.m – 12:15 p.m. – Keynote by Dr Javeed Sukhera ”Better Than Normal: Embracing an Uncertain Future for Mental Health and Substance Use Service”

October 20, 2021

  • 1:30 p.m – 2:30 p.m The Mental Health Commission of Canada’s COVID-19 Policy Response Initiative
  • 2:45 p.m – 3:45 p.m National Mental Health Standards Panel Why Are They Needed? What Could They Look Like?
  • 4:15 p.m – 5:00 p.m Indigenous Perspectives on Wellness: An “All my Relations” conversation
  • 5:45 p.m – Closing remarks

Agenda:     Please see the complete agenda:


  • Prevention, mental health promotion and wellness
  • Anti-racism, diversity and equity
  • System navigation, care pathways and supports
  • Substance use and recovery
  • Mental health, hope and recovery-oriented practices
  • Livelihoods and mental health
  • COVID-19 and mental health

Media registration: Please email for a free promo code and register online here.

For more information, to secure a media pass or arrange an interview, please contact:

Jassi Bedi | National Communications Officer | CMHA |


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