CALGARY, July 30, 2013 /CNW/ - The Mental Health Commission of Canada
(MHCC) applauds the work of the Canadian Medical Association, and the
many Canadians they consulted, towards the creation of their recently
released town hall report. The resultant 12 recommendations related to
income, housing, nutrition and food security, and early childhood
development are far-reaching but attainable—particularly if
governments, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and
communities take the recommendations to heart and pull together to
create transformative, lasting, and much-needed change.
Given the stigma still associated with mental health problems and
illnesses, mental health is often a silent component of health care.
The MHCC is therefore pleased to see the holistic approach taken by the
CMA. By considering mental health alongside other key social
determinants, this report arms Canadians, our governments, and health
care providers with the tools necessary to develop system-wide
responses to the factors impeding our good health and wellbeing.
For its part, the MHCC will continue its work related to ensuring The Mental Health Strategy for Canada is implemented. As well, the MHCC will continue to address homelessness
through Housing First (see CMA Recommendation #4) ensuring it continues
to receive the attention and support it requires. The message related
to Housing First is becoming clear: evidence-based research through the
MHCC's At Home/Chez Soi project demonstrates that for every $10 spent
on participants, $7 was saved through the reduced use of other shelter,
health and justice services. For high service users, $22 was saved for
every $10 spent through the reduced use of local services. The
socio-economic benefits speak for themselves.
By working together, stakeholder groups like the Canadian Medical
Association and the MHCC—among others—are transforming every facet of
Canadian society, strengthening the fabric that supports healthy
communities from coast to coast to coast.
ABOUT THE MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION OF CANADA
The Mental Health Commission of Canada is a catalyst for change. We are
collaborating with hundreds of partners to change the attitudes of
Canadians toward mental health problems and to improve services and
support. Our goal is to help people who live with mental health
problems and illnesses lead meaningful and productive lives. Together
we create change.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada is funded by Health Canada.
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SOURCE: Mental Health Commission of Canada
For further information:
Kyle Marr, Senior Communication Specialist
Mental Health Commission of Canada