Who We Are

The Canadian Federation of Mental Health Nurses (CFMHN) is a national voice for psychiatric and mental health (PMH) nursing in Canada. It is an associate group of the Canadian Nurses’ Association (CNA), for which it provides expertise for the specialty in matters relating to mental health nursing.

CFMHN is by psychiatric and mental health nurses for psychiatric and mental health nurses and strives to ensure a national voice in matters relevant to psychiatric and mental health nursing.

CFMHN’s national body empowers psychiatric and mental health (PMH) nursing professionals as they pursue positive outcomes for themselves and for clients. Join Today!

An event that will bring together nurses graduating this year across Canada with employers. Click here for more information.

Calendar of Events
Check out our new Calendar of Events to see upcoming conferences, special events and webinars. Click here for more information.


We need your opinion to help us meet your needs as a CFMHN member.  Take a few minutes to complete the survey by May 1, 2021.

Catalyst – March 2021 – The limits of diagnosis

Samaria Nancy Cardinal and the cost of neglecting recovery Samaria Nancy Cardinal learned two important lessons at her father’s knee: the power of persistence and the importance of mustering courage in the face of oppression. Those lessons have served her well on a long and winding journey to recovery ...
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We are all essential: reinforcing the collective value of nurses

By Anthony Renda , Tara Endeman Nurses suffer from lateral violence driven by a perceived hierarchy, suggesting that nurses rank in importance depending on the social worth of their patient population. The hierarchy between care areas and nurse specialties is not an accurate reflection of the critical value of each ...
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“Nurses are everywhere” in the health system, and they know how to make it better

By Barb Shellian It’s time nursing expertise was called on in the policy response to COVID-19 It is hard not to reflect after a year of COVID-19 news, pandemic response, lockdowns, outbreaks, personal protective equipment (PPE), and Zoom meetings. We have had a year of almost singular discussion — our ...
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Focus Training – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Series – Dr. Cory Newman

“Back from the brink: Helping suicidal patients choose to live.” Webinar Dates: Part 1 (April 5, 2021): “Phenomenology and cognitive vulnerabilities” Part 2 (April 12, 2021): “Risk management, safety planning, and specific techniques” Part 3 (April 19, 2021): “Special issues and video demonstration” This event is only available via livestream. The link ...
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Invitation to participate in spring session of the nurse empowerment program

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (SIGMA) has partnered with the Johnson & Johnson Foundation on a study to bring FREE leadership and nursing courses to frontline clinical registered nurses. The Canadian Nurses Association is proud to be able to make this program available to our RN members! ...
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Study to Assess the Capacity of the Mental Health and Substance Use Workforce to Respond to COVID-19

An interdisciplinary research team led by Dr. Mary Bartram at the Mental Health Commission of Canada and Dr. Ivy Bourgeault at the University of Ottawa and Canadian Health Workforce Network has contacted our organization, asking us to inform you about an important study they are conducting. Their team is working ...
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