EDMONTON, June 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Building on last month's overwhelmingly
successful release of Canada's first-ever mental health strategy, the
Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is in Edmonton to launch Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for
Canada in Alberta. The Strategy was shaped and informed by the experiences and input from thousands of
Canadians, including considerable engagement in Alberta.
"The release of this Strategy marks a historic milestone for our country, the millions of Canadians
living with mental health problems and illnesses, their families and
all those who are working to ensure that every Canadian can enjoy the
best mental health," says Commission Chair David Goldbloom, MD.
The Commission is holding regional events across the country to extend
the conversation about how the Strategy can improve mental health and about what can be done to bring the Strategy to life in our communities. Participating in the Alberta launch were
His Honour, Colonel (Ret'd) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell Lieutenant
Governor of Alberta; the Honourable Fred Horne, Minister of Alberta
Health and Wellness; and many community health workers, people with
lived experience of a mental health problem or illness, and family
"By working together on mental health issues, we are making real and
lasting changes in the lives of our families, neighbours and
communities," said Fred Horne, Minister of Alberta Health. "Alberta is
pleased to be part of Canada's national mental health strategy because
our partnerships are helping Albertans and all Canadians reach their
"The release of Changing Directions, Changing Lives marks the first time that Canada has created a shared vision and set of
priorities that will guide the efforts of the public and private
sector, the service delivery sector, and all Canadians to improve
mental health outcomes," says MHCC President and CEO, Louise Bradley.
The Strategy sets out recommendations for change that promise to improve the quality
of life for Canadians in every province and territory, grouping these
changes into six key strategic directions:
Promote mental health across the lifespan in homes, schools and
workplaces, and prevent mental illness and suicide wherever possible;
Foster recovery and well-being for people of all ages living with mental
health problems and illnesses, and uphold their rights;
Provide access to the right combination of services, treatments and
supports, when and where people need them;
Reduce disparities in risk factors and access to mental health services,
and strengthen the response to the needs of diverse communities and
Work with First Nations, Inuit and Métis to address their mental health
needs, acknowledging their distinct circumstances, rights and cultures;
Mobilize leadership, improve knowledge and foster collaboration at all
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