Welcome to the website of the Mental Health Nursing Interest Group (MHNIG) of Ontario.

As an interest group of The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO), our purpose is to actively promote partnerships that improve the mental health and well-being of culturally diverse individuals, their families, and our communities.

MHNIG offers a network of professional resources, support, and access to financial assistance through bursaries and awards. We are open to all Registered Nurses and Nursing Students interested in mental health.

Cost to join Interest Group: $35; $17.50 for undergraduate nursing students

Join RNAO and add the MHNIG Interest Group to your membership today!

If you are already an RNAO member, to add an Interest Group to your membership, please call the Membership and Services Department at 416.599.1925 or  1.800.268.7199 ext. 1. Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 4:30 pm.


We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous Nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. This sacred land is the subject of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Confederacy and allied nations to share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.

It is important to understand the longstanding history that has brought us here today, and to understand where we fit amid that history. Land acknowledgements do not exist in the past tense, and we need to recognize intergenerational trauma stemming from the ongoing legacy of colonization. That includes systemic suppression of traditional Indigenous health knowledge and healing practices. We, as the MHNIG, our work is inclusive of Indigenous peoples and communities, to listen to the voices of all present, committed to mobilizing the truth of the injustices that have been carried out against Indigenous peoples: only then, can we have reconciliation. We are committed to showing up imperfectly to listen and learn. We also recognize that land acknowledgement isn't enough. This is a commitment to reflect on our own biases, professional development for ourselves and our teams in cultural safety, awareness of Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, and anti-oppressive and antiracist training.

Executive Team Open Positions!

  • Chair (2-year term)
  • Chair-Elect (2-year term)
  • 1 Membership and Education ENO (2-year term)
  • Region 8 Rep (1-year term)
  • Region 9 Rep (2-year term

Please reach out to mentalhealthnursingrnao@gmail.com for any questions, or with your expression of interest.