CALGARY, Oct. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - The Mental Health Commission of Canada
(MHCC) commends the work of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) on the
release of the Surgeon General's Mental Health Strategy, Canadian
Forces Health Services Group entitled "An Evolution of Excellence."
The efforts of the CAF to date to educate its members about the
importance of mental health and to develop a comprehensive system to
address mental health within the military-specific environment, have
established the CAF as a recognized leader amongst its peers. The
recommendations within the Surgeon General's Mental Health Strategy
will enable the Canadian Forces Health Services Group to evolve an
already strong mental health system to better address current and
future mental health needs with the CAF.
The seven strategic priority areas outlined in "An Evolution of
Excellence," mirror many of the recommendations within Canada's
first-ever Mental Health Strategy, released just over a year ago by the MHCC.
"Given the stigma still associated with mental health problems and
illnesses, mental health is often a silent component of health care,"
said Louise Bradley, MHCC President and CEO. "The MHCC is therefore
pleased to see the holistic approach taken by the CAF. The emphasis on
strong mental and physical health as a pre-condition to the success of
military operations in support of Canadian interests underscores the
importance of an integrated approach to health care."
Despite the differences between military and civilian contexts, there is
much to be learned from the Canadian Armed Forces approach to
comprehensive, population-based approaches to mental health and about
providing a comprehensive range of integrated mental health services.
The Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) is an example of taking a military
mental health program and adapting it for civilian purposes. The MHCC
and the CAF have collaborated to do just that and the pioneering work
of the CAF is already being put to work within non-military settings
By working together, stakeholder groups like the Canadian Armed Forces
and the MHCC, among others, are transforming every facet of Canadian
society—civilian and military—strengthening the fabric that supports
healthy workplaces and communities from coast to coast to coast.
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SOURCE: Mental Health Commission of Canada
For further information:
Kyle Marr, Senior Communications Specialist
Mental Health Commission of Canada