MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION OF CANADA PRAISES INVESTMENTS IN MENTAL HEALTH BY NEW BRUNSWICK AND NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

CALGARY, May 5 /CNW/ - The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is applauding the provinces of New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador for their recent commitments to mental health. "I am so pleased to learn of these announcements," said Louise Bradley, MHCC President and CEO. "These commitments reflect the important steps taken by several provinces to transform their approach to mental health," she said.

New Brunswick has released a new action plan for mental health, with a vision for all New Brunswickers to have the opportunity to achieve the best possible mental health and well-being. The plan includes a range of initiatives such as the introduction of recovery-oriented treatment teams in communities across the province, cultural safety training and the promotion of mental fitness and resiliency early in life. The MHCC had the opportunity to participate in the province's Mental Health Strategy Advisory Committee alongside New Brunswick stakeholders. (Read the New Brunswick action plan at http://www.gnb.ca/0055/pdf/2011/7379%20english.pdf)

In its latest budget, Newfoundland and Labrador has committed 8.7 million dollars to mental health initiatives, including an awareness campaign to fight stigma, an e-mental health program and peer support. MHCC President and CEO Louise Bradley welcomed the chance to participate in discussions with Newfoundland and Labrador's Provincial Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Council related to the province's mental health planning. "I look forward to working with the Council on an ongoing basis," Bradley said. (Read the Newfoundland and Labrador budget details at: http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2011/default.htm)

The MHCC is currently developing a mental health strategy for Canada and continues to work directly with provinces and territories on the details. (For more on the MHCC strategy, please visit http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/Pages/Strategy.aspx)

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:

Nujma Bond, MHCC Communications, 403-385-4033


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