The CCMHS is the product of an evidence-based research project carried out between November 2017 and January 2020. This means that the decisions made about the care and services offered within the CCMHS are based on sound inquiry. Our stakeholders, researchers, board of directors, practitioners, and community partners, are collaboratively designing, implementing, and evaluating the first integrated, sport-centered mental health care model for Canadian competitive and high-performance athletes and coaches.

Phase 1: Design

November 2017 - August 2018

In the Design Phase, the CCMHS team established the structure of the CCMHS, the mental health service delivery model, and the team of practitioners who will apply the model with competitive and high-performance athletes and coaches. The CCMHS, including the sport-specific model of care, is the first of its kind in Canada.

Phase 2: Implementation

September 2018 - June 2019

During the implementation phase, the team of practitioners will apply the mental health service delivery model with competitive and high-performance athletes and coaches. Medical and support staff will be able to refer athletes and coaches with suspected or known mental health challenges to receive integrated, specialized care if they meet the eligibility criteria. 

Phase 3: Evaluation

July 2019 - January 2020

During the evaluation phase, the overall effectiveness of the mental health service delivery model will be assessed based on the gathered evidence. Based on service-user and practitioner experiences and outcomes, adaptations will be made, as necessary, in order to expand the CCMHS, that is, add new locations and offer mental health services to more athletes and coaches across Canada.

The stigma of mental illness prevents people from talking about it ... One in five Canadians suffers in silence. So when you think about that, on my team that means it affects four or five alone. Maybe it’s in a small way, but it affects you.
— Mike Babcock | Toronto Maple Leafs Head Coach | As quoted by the Toronto Sun