Canadian Mental Health Association
CMHA London-Middlesex Branch
648 Huron Street
London, ON N5Y 4J8
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The Canadian Mental Health Association is one of the oldest continuing voluntary health organizations in Canada.It began existence as the Canadian National Committee for Mental Hygiene (CNCMH), founded by Dr. Clarence M. Hincks and Clifford W. Beers in January 26, 1918. Hincks was very interested in the field because he had experienced bouts of mental illness.
The Globe and Mail reported the group's formation under the headline: "$20,000 Secured for Institute: Canadian National Committee for Mental Hygiene Started in Mrs. Dunlap's Home."
A short historical note records the purposes and objectives of the Canadian National Committee for Mental Hygiene, as tentatively described at that first meeting. They included:
- War Work (a) Psychiatric examination of recruits. (b) Adequate care of returned soldiers suffering from mental disabilities.
- Mental examination of immigrants (post-war) to ensure a better selection of newcomers.
- Adequate facilities for the diagnosis and treatment of cases of mental disease.
- Adequate care of the mentally deficient.
- Prevention of mental disease and deficiency
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