SYDNEY, Australia, March 11, 2013 /CNW/ - The Mental Health Commission
of Canada (MHCC) and the National Mental Health Commission of Australia
have signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding to share knowledge and
successful practices in mental health research.
MHCC President and CEO Louise Bradley signed the memorandum today while
participating in two days of meetings with leading mental health
organizations and Commissions from around the world in Sydney,
Australia. Hosted by the National Mental Health Commission of
Australia, the meetings focused on sharing best practices and
experiences, providing the represented organizations with opportunities
for collaboration that benefit not only their own countries, but
international audiences as well.
The memorandum outlines how the two Commissions will actively seek
opportunities to work together in areas such as mental health and the
workplace, international knowledge exchange and stigma, with
cross-promotion of work informed by the lived experience of those
experiencing mental health issues, their families and support people,
and the mental health sector.
"Improving the lives of people living with a mental health issue or
illness is an urgent global priority. Learning about best practices and
different approaches to mental health services and programs in other
parts of the world and sharing information about our experiences in
Canada will lead to improvements both at home and abroad," said
"As a national mental health commission that is just starting out, we
have appreciated the exchange of ideas and experiences with the Mental
Health Commission of Canada and are delighted to formalise this
collaboration through an MoU," CEO and Commissioner of Australia's
National Mental Health Commission, Ms Robyn Kruk, said. "We hope the
Sydney meeting of international and national Commissioners and other
leaders will be a seminal and useful event."
The MHCC and National Mental Health Commission of Australia began
discussing options for formally sharing information last August.
Bradley also co-hosted an event at the Consulate General of Canada in
Sydney, with Consul General Mario Ste-Marie, where she discussed the
MHCC's role as a catalyst for improving the mental health system and
its initiatives related to workplace mental health, housing and
homelessness, stigma and knowledge exchange.
During this week's visit to Australia and New Zealand, Bradley described
several innovative projects underway in Canada through the MHCC in the
areas of workplace mental health, knowledge exchange, stigma reduction,
among others, while speaking with leaders and experts in mental health
from around the world.
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