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About Us

CMHA Parkland Region has offices in Swan River and Dauphin. The agency had its beginnings in 1987 when a group of interested citizens met in the Swan River Town Office in response to an advertisement calling for an organization of individuals concerned about the mental health system. The meeting consisted of friends and relatives who had a family member with a mental illness. In the fall of 1988 this small group decided to join the Canadian Mental Health Association and Swan Valley branch emerged. When the office in Dauphin was added in 2005 the board decided to add the name Parkland Region.

What We Do

  • Support
  • Educate
  • Inform and Refer
  • Advocate


The mission of CMHA Parkland Branch is to prevent mental illness and promote recovery for the mental health of all citizens of the Parkland Region with emphasis on community awareness, support services, crisis intervention services and internal/external partnerships.


Mental health is “normalized.” People understand and are comfortable with mental health issues, have access to the supports they require to maintain their mental health and are comfortable with exploring and accessing those supports.

Individuals with mental health problems live in integrated housing that they have selected in their community, work in regular jobs they have chosen, have positive relationships with their families and have friends who rely on them for support and on whom they can rely.

Individuals have supports and services available that they have had a central role in developing, selecting and evaluating. These services are focused on successful living in communities and are offered by professionals with and without mental health histories and by peers.

Services and supports are offered in the context of people’s economic, cultural and social situations, are based on the latest relevant knowledge and are oriented toward successful coping, empowerment, self-direction and recovery.

Efforts to change negative public attitudes and their resulting behaviors, such as discrimination, are in place in local communities. Local community resources and the responsibility to include all citizens are seen as an integral part of the framework for support.

Users of services have the resources and authority to hold service providers accountable for the quality of services they receive.