For tools, resources, and more information, please visit, a page dedicated to all things Action Plan related!

The Community Mental Health Action Plan is a partnership of more than 50 organizations working to help all organizations involved in mental health and addiction in Edmonton and Area maximize collective resources, leverage opportunities to respond to existing gaps in service, and foster innovative approaches to integrate supports and services. This is accomplished by taking meaningful action in three areas:

  • Service Delivery

  • System Integration

  • Evidence Foundation

Only through collaboration can we improve access to mental health and addiction services.

The Action Plan highlights what can be done at the community level when we work together. Learn more about how your participation will transform our community.

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Navigation: Finding Our Way together.

Everyone can be a navigator – including you! Navigators are essential in helping individuals and families connect to trusted and relevant mental health and addictions services and supports.

Navigators were asked to explain the essential characteristics of being a good navigator. We consistently heard that navigators need to be empathetic, relentless, empowering and understanding. They should be skilled in building trusting relationships and understand how systems work. They need full support from their organizations to develop and use these characteristics, competencies and skills. Download the Components of Successful Navigation infographic.

Annual community gatherings provide opportunities for existing and new stakeholders to collaborate, network, and learn together. Send us an email to find out when the next one is.

Did you know?

1 in 5 people will face a mental health challenge this year.

70% of adult Canadians living with a mental health problem or illness say their symptoms started in childhood.

Once recognized, help makes a difference for 80% of people affected by mental illness.

One in three Canadian workplace disability claims are related to mental health problems or illnesses.

The cost to Canada’s economy is over $50 billion.

Councillor Scott Mckeen speaking into a microphone

Ward 6 Councillor Scott McKeen helps launch the Community Mental Health Action Plan

Alignment and Collaboration

The Action Plan is strongly aligned with other work that’s taking place within the region.

EndPovertyEdmonton and the Government of Alberta’s Valuing Mental Health, Alberta Mental Health Review 2015 report and, Family Violence Hurts Everyone report aligns with the goals in the Action Plan.

Building on Success

Many non-profit organizations, businesses, and governments have already made commitments to implement the Action Plan.

Six community partners now offer free drop-in counselling.

Alberta Health Services, Oxford Properties, Paladin Security and the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton are providing mental health literacy, addiction and trauma training.

Check out the Community Mental Health Action Plan website for more information:

The Community Mental Health Action Plan implementation is funded by the City of Edmonton and Alberta Government.

David OdumadeCommunity Mental Health Action Plan