Mental Health Community

To represent the interests of all CFPC members providing mental health care, including those for whom this is part of their broad scope family practice and those with a special interest or focused practice.

The Mental Health Community includes the work of the Collaborative Working Group on Shared Mental Health Care (CWGSMHC) which was established in 1997. The CWGSMHC is a conjoint community that includes representation from the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA). The shared objective of the CWGSMHC is to work collaboratively to enhance the quality of health care for all Canadians with mental illness or emotional problems. They will continue to implement strategies identified in “The Evolution of Collaborative Mental Health Care in Canada: A Shared Vision for the Future” their 2011 CPA/CFPC position paper. 

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at [email protected] 

Canadian Psychiatric Association
Position Papers and Statements 

Best Advice: Recovery-Oriented Mental Health and Addiction Care in the Patient’s Medical Home

The Best Advice Guide: Recovery-Oriented Mental Health and Addictions Care in the Patient’s Medical Home provides guidance to family physicians and their teams offering mental health and addiction services using a recovery-oriented approach.

Check your practice:
Recovery-Oriented Mental Health and Addiction Care in the Patient’s Medical Home
Best Advice Guide: Quick Reference

Mental Health Resource Guide

The Collaborative Working Group on Shared Mental Health Care (CWGSMHC), a conjoint committee that includes representation from the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) is pleased to offer this practical resource for family physicians to assist with the care of patients with mental health issues in their practice. Supporting and caring for people with mental health concerns is an integral part of our work as family physicians and we’ve offered practical tips and solutions that have worked for us and other busy practitioners. We also need to be mindful of our own mental health within the context of our busy practices. We invite your comments and recommendations to include in the next iteration of this resource. Download the Mental Health Resource Guide.

New Mental Health Resource for Health Care Providers and Caregivers Developed by Experts at The Hospital for Sick Children

Children’s mental health plays an important role in their development, education and overall health. Experts at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) have developed a mental health resource that provides credible, plain language content on children’s mental health for caregivers (see

The new mental health resource includes evidence-based information developed by experts at SickKids, while also highlighting valuable resources offered by other leaders in children’s mental health. The resource is a comprehensive educational tool that healthcare providers can share with families to provide additional information and support throughout the mental health journey.

Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care - Canadian Approach to Integrated Care (Chapter 3)
Authors: Nick Kates and Ellen Anderson

New CPS position statement: Mental health problems in children with neuromotor disabilities

Mental Health Newsletter

CFPC/CPA Collaborative Mental Healthcare Award

Infant Mental Health Promotion

CAMIMH letter to The Honourable Diane Finley regarding affordable housing to help meet the needs of those living with mental illness

Accommodation Works! Workplace Accommodation Tool

In The News

Research finds hormonal contraception increases risk of depression in women 
Opinion: New health accord must address mental health crisis

Upcoming Events

MDPAC Psychotherapy Training Program
Five experiential weekends & five supervision group sessions; September 2019 to June 2020
The MDPAC Psychotherapy Training Program is a year-long training course for physicians wishing to develop a focused practice in psychotherapy or to increase their skills in providing psychotherapy in the context of a comprehensive family practice setting or wanting to develop a psychotherapy practice. 
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MDPAC 2019 Fall Retreat
4:00 pm October 25 to 1:00 pm October 27 2019
Geneva Park
6604 Rama Road, Orillia ON L3V 6H6

CanREACH on PPP Mini Fellowship

12:30 pm November 15 to 12:00 pm November 17

This CanREACH ON CME course is a three day, highly interactive educational workshop followed by a 6 month bi-monthly case presentation teleconference with other participants guided by CanREACH ON faculty, who are primary care and child/adolescent psychiatry experts.

Participants will acquire skills and knowledge in diagnosing common children's mental health disorders such as:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Aggression



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