AUCKLAND, New Zealand, March 7, 2013 /CNW/ - The Mental Health
Commission of Canada (MHCC) is sharing innovative Canadian approaches
to mental health research with an international audience in New Zealand
MHCC President and CEO Louise Bradley is among 300 leaders and experts
in mental health from eight countries sharing best practices in mental
health and disability services at the International Initiative for
Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) exchange in Auckland, New Zealand,
Bradley presented several initiatives and projects of the MHCC
The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the
Workplace, a voluntary approach to addressing workplace mental health for
employees and employers, the first of its kind in the world.
Opening Minds, the largest systematic effort to reduce the stigma of mental illness
in Canadian history.
At Home /Chez Soi, the world's largest research demonstration project using the "housing
first" approach to reduce homelessness and improve mental health
outcomes among people living with a mental health issue or illness.
SPARK Training Institute, a knowledge exchange workshop guiding participants through techniques
for moving evidence-informed research in mental health, substance use
and addictions more quickly into practice.
The seven countries of IIMHL gather every other year to share
information about best practices in mental health and encourage greater
collaboration. The MHCC has participated in IIMHL since 2007.
"I appreciate the opportunity to share what we've learned and interact
with leaders from other countries to get valuable feedback. Each of us
is working in the face of mutual challenges," said Bradley. "Growth in
the visibility and awareness of mental health issues internationally
can reduce stigma and improve the lives of people living with a mental
health issue or illness."
In conjunction with the IIMHL exchange, the MHCC supported the
development of SPARK in New Zealand earlier this week alongside Te Pou,
a national centre that works to support the mental health, addiction
and disability workforces. The MHCC also co-hosted a meeting of the
International Knowledge Exchange Network for Mental Health (IKEN-MH)
with Te Pou, to further international collaboration of moving mental
health research into practice and policy.
"Te Pou is excited to be collaborating with the Mental Health Commission
of Canada to bring a stronger focus on helping our New Zealand
workforce bring evidence into practice rapidly", said Robyn Shearer, Te
Pou Chief Executive.
Bradley and the MHCC will continue sharing information about Canada's
role as a leader in mental health research next week at a two-day
meeting hosted by the National Mental Health Commission of Australia in
Sydney, Australia, including an event with Mario Ste-Marie, Consul
General of Canada at the Canadian Consulate, highlighting recent
Canadian mental health initiatives.
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 spark change.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada is funded by Health Canada.
The views represented herein solely represent the views of the Mental
Health Commission of Canada.
Production of this document is made possible through a financial
contribution from Health Canada.
SOURCE: Mental Health Commission of Canada
For further information:
Kyle Marr, Senior Communication Specialist
Mental Health Commission of Canada
Office: (403) 385‐4050
Cell: (587) 226-8782