CALGARY, Sept. 12, 2011 /CNW/ - The Mental Health Commission of Canada
(MHCC) praised the release today by the Honourable Gene Zwozdesky,
Minister of Health and Wellness for Alberta, of the comprehensive Alberta Addiction and Mental Health Strategy.
"Today, there's a great window of opportunity to transform the system of
mental healthcare right across Canada," said Louise Bradley, MHCC
President and CEO. "For the first time, governments and territories are
putting mental health at the top of their agendas, and mental health
issues are being discussed openly in our schools, offices, and homes.
There's also a real eagerness to share knowledge and create caring
societies where people living with mental illness have the opportunity
to recover and lead fulfilling lives. The Commission commends the
Alberta government for embracing this challenge and addressing mental
illness and addiction in a comprehensive and meaningful way."
The Commission also applauds the fact that Alberta's strategy addresses
both mental health and addiction. There are complex interactions
between mental illnesses and addictions and it is very important that
this be recognized and a focus of attention.
The strategy's focus on mental health promotion and illness prevention
is also commendable. The evidence strongly suggests that such an
approach can enhance the overall mental health and well-being of the
population, and it can contribute to reducing the personal, social, and
economic impact of mental health problems and illnesses.
The MHCC is pleased to have supported the Alberta government in
developing the strategy through the involvement of Howard Chodos, PhD,
the Commission's Special Advisor, Mental Health Strategy for Canada.
Chodos was a participant on the Alberta Deputy Minister's Advisory
Committee that was mandated to support the development of the strategy
For more on the Alberta Addiction and Mental Health Strategy, please visit: http://health.alberta.ca.
The MHCC is currently developing the first-ever Mental Health Strategy
for Canada and has been working collaboratively with governments and
stakeholders to build a common vision for change across the country.
The Strategy will be released in 2012. For more, visit: http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/Pages/Strategy.aspx
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:
Kyle Marr, Senior Communication Specialist
Office: (403) 385-4050