Peter Ralph Joins Mental Health Commission Of Canada's Board Of Directors

CALGARY, Sept. 13, 2011 /CNW/ - Peter Ralph, a highly-respected Newfoundland criminal lawyer with extensive experience in mental health law, has been appointed to the Mental Health Commission of Canada's Board of Directors.

"Peter Ralph has a distinguished record practicing law in Newfoundland for nearly 20 years. In that time he has also been very active within a number of mental health advisory groups, advocating on behalf of those living with a mental illness," said Michael Kirby, MHCC Chair. "His expertise and unique perspective will benefit the Commission greatly as we pursue our mandate to improve the mental health system in Canada."

A litigator with Simmonds and Partners Defence since 2008, Ralph's responsibilities include representing clients with mental illness who are charged with crimes or involuntarily admitted to hospital. His previous work experience includes being the first lawyer to work in the province's Mental Health Office of Legal Aid, which led the establishment of the Mental Health Court in the Newfoundland Provincial Court.

A strong advocate for improved mental health services, Ralph is currently the President of the Board at the Consumer Health Awareness Network of Newfoundland (CHANNAL) and an appointed member of the Provincial Advisory Council on Mental Health and Addictions. He was also appointed to the province's Mental Health Care and Treatment Act Review Board earlier this year.

Ralph graduated from Memorial University with a degree in political science in 1986 and obtained a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University's Schulich School of Law in 1992.

The MHCC Board is made up of non-government directors and government-appointed directors from across Canada. It is assisted by eight Advisory Committee Chairs who provide advice to the Board and support to the Commission.

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.

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:

Contact:
Kyle Marr, Senior Communication Specialist
Office: (403) 385-4050
kmarr@mentalhealthcommission.ca


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