MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION OF CANADA WELCOMES MANITOBA'S MENTAL HEALTH STRATEGY RISING TO THE CHALLENGE

CALGARY, June 29, 2011 /CNW/ - Rising to the Challenge, the province of Manitoba's new strategic plan to address mental health is meeting with praise from the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Minister of Health Theresa Oswald's hope that the plan would "encourage Manitobans to think about mental health and well-being in a different way" is echoed by the MHCC's Chair, the Hon. Michael Kirby. "This plan recognizes the need to create a broadly-based social movement for mental health where everyone has a role to play," said Kirby.

MHCC President and CEO Louise Bradley said "The comprehensive nature of Rising to the Challenge, including its focus on mental health promotion, recovery, cultural safety and family participation is a welcome sign that the government is addressing the complex issues surrounding mental health and mental illness. I am also pleased to note that the Manitoba government used Toward Recovery and Well-being, our framework for a mental health strategy for Canada, to help inform their work."

For more on Rising to the Challenge, please visit: http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/mh/challenge.html

The MHCC is currently developing a mental health strategy for Canada and has been working collaboratively with governments and other stakeholders to build a common vision for change across the country. The Strategy will be released in 2012. For more, visit: http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/Pages/Strategy.aspx

About the Mental Health Commission of Canada
The Mental Health Commission of Canada is a catalyst for transformative change. Our mission is to work with stakeholders to change the attitudes of Canadians toward mental health problems and to improve services and support. Our goal is to promote mental health and help people who live with mental health problems lead meaningful and productive lives. The Mental Health Commission of Canada is funded by Health Canada. For more, visit www.mentalhealthcommission.ca

For further information:

Kyle Marr, MHCC Communication
kmarr@mentalhealthcommission.ca
Tel.: 403 385-4050
Cell.: 587 226-8782