Mental Health Educator - Supporting Mental Health and Well-Being - Canadian Mental Health Association, York and South Simcoe

Oct 27, 2020
Vaughan, Ontario

Posting Date: August 28, 2020
Closing Date: Until Filled

Message about our hiring and operating practices during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Canadian Mental Health York Region and South Simcoe branch (CMHA-YRSS) is continuing to provide much-needed mental health services. As an organization, we are protecting our staff through supporting either working from home, or physical distancing, and other public health directives for essential services staff working on-site. Rest assured that your well-being is our top priority and we have appropriate health and safety measures in place at each stage of the recruiting process and throughout our operations.

We are looking for a Mental Health Educator – Supporting Mental Health and Well-Being

As we continue to grow our team, we are looking for a Mental Health Educator to join our passionate, dedicated, and “BRAVE” team! If you are an individual who enjoys teaching others about mental health, then this role is for you! If you are interested in bringing your experience to an innovative, award winning organization that is continuing to grow and expand and you would love to provide presentations to various audiences, provide support, facilitate groups, and advocate for those with mental health challenges, please continue to read further.

Closing Date: Until Filled

Contract: 6 months (until March 31, 2021), Full-time, 35 Hours per Week, Evening Hours and Weekends may be required

Competition #: 2020-056

Location: In accordance with current public health directives, training will be available both remotely (i.e., via teleconference and videoconferencing technologies) as well as onsite while respecting physical distancing. During the current COVID-19 outbreak, work can be completed primarily from home with equipment provided by CMHA. Once public health directives are lifted, the Mental Health Educator will be working primarily in our Vaughan Office (8271 Keele Street, Vaughan, ON, L4K 1Y2) and will be required to travel within York Region & South Simcoe.

Job Profile:

The Mental Health Educator effectively delivers education workshops and information to a variety of audiences and stakeholders, clarifying the work of CMHA, with the goal being to help reduce stigma of mental illness in our community, raise profile of CMHA with corporate and community partners, increase awareness of CMHA programs and services, the importance of Mental Health and prominence and impact of Mental Illness, and contribute to promoting CMHA brand and mission.

This role is responsible for delivering mental health related educational workshops for corporate and community partners, government, and our community. The incumbent, together with the Supporting Mental Health and Well-Being Program, builds upon existing relationships, cultivates emerging partnerships, and identifies new opportunities to drive increased community engagement and results, fostering long-term engagement and investment.

In addition to compliance with all organizational policies and procedures, the incumbent is also expected to behave ethically, demonstrate competence in effective communication and team building, demonstrate effectiveness in working in a collaborative environment, and demonstrate confidence in decision-making and in building relationships.


  • Degree or diploma in the social services.
  • Degree plus four years, or diploma with six years or more experience in the mental health field, experience with youth is an asset.
  • Training and education in adolescent development and mental health, education, group work, program planning and evaluation, community facilitation and development.
  • Practices from an anti-racist/anti-oppression perspective.
  • Extensive knowledge of supports and services in York Region and South Simcoe.
  • Demonstrated ability to observe boundaries, engage in appropriate emotional regulation, refrain from dual relationships with clients, maintain confidentiality, and engage in reasonable self-care strategies that incorporate balancing work/life responsibilities.
  • Ability to apply Recovery principles and empowerment-oriented philosophies and practices in work.
  • Ability to assess risk to individuals and take informed action in crisis situations
  • Ability to prioritize needs and organize work efficiently
  • Aptitude in developing innovative approaches to service delivery
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to adapt presentations to suit the needs and interests of the audience.
  • Excellent diplomacy, decision making, problem solving, and teamwork skills.
  • A second language (Cantonese, Farsi, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Russian, Tamil, Urdu) reflecting the local community is preferred.
  • Proficiency with various forms of presentation media
  • Competence in relevant computer applications particularly Microsoft Office and Outlook
  • Knowledge of the Ontario Mental Health Act, mental health reform principles, the Substitute Decisions Act, the Health Care Consent Act and PHIPA requirements
  • A valid Canadian driver’s license, a minimum $1,000,000 third party liability insurance and proof that insurance covers use of personal vehicle to transport clients
  • A satisfactory and current Vulnerable Sector Screening

The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an individual assigned to the job. This information is not constructed to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel in the job.

This position reports to and is supervised by the Manager, People and Teams on the Supporting Mental Health and Well-Being Program.

Working Conditions: Recreational Vehicle, Office work, Occasional weekend/evening hours may be required

Disclaimer: In keeping with mental health reform, best practices, funding and direction this position may later require knowledge, skills, abilities and working conditions not noted here.

Why work for CMHA York Region?

We are a team committed to our vision of mental health support for all. That means we respect that our clients are the experts in their recovery journey and that our role is to provide support, resources and opportunities based on their hopes and dreams. It means that we foster and encourage an entrepreneurial spirit to create, implement, and sustain innovative, evidence based and transformational impact. We seek out and build partnerships, collaborate and share knowledge to be the most culturally competent team and fully integrated service delivery partner.

Our team cares for each other. We have our own team values of trust, respect, teamwork and communication. We have been a National Non-Profit Employer of Choice for five consecutive years as well as a recipient of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures.

To request this posting in an alternate format or to request accommodation in the application process, email 

Application Procedures: (For our website)

If you are interested in this opportunity, click on the “Apply Now” button above and proceed to upload your cover letter and resume.

Complete the application form and submit the following:

1) Cover letter with 300 words or less and tell us why you would want this role and why you should be considered for the position (PDF or Word)
2) Resume (PDF or Word)

Application Procedures: (For 3rd Party websites)

If you are interested in this opportunity, please visit our website at and click on Current Opportunities, and click on Apply Now and proceed to upload your cover letter and resume."

CMHA-YRSS supports the recovery of people with mental illness and promotes diversity in the workplace. We welcome all applicants including persons with lived experience, women, aboriginal people, people with disabilities, and members of the 2SLGBTTQ+, visible minority and immigrant communities to apply.

While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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