OTTAWA, Oct. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Psychiatric Association
(CPA), the national voice for Canada's 4,500 psychiatrists, welcomes
the release of the Surgeon General's Mental Health Strategy. Over the
next five years this comprehensive strategy will formalize the Canadian
Armed Force's (CAF) approach to addictions, suicide prevention and
mental health treatment.
The CPA congratulates Surgeon General Jean-Robert Bernier for his
leadership in bringing the strategy forward. The strategy will bring
CAF's mental health initiatives within an integrated framework that
includes prevention, clear priorities and timelines, an evidence-based
approach to assessment and treatment, performance based evaluations,
and a focus on research and communications. The plan also emphasizes
education and engagement with families, communities, and primary care
"The CAF Mental Health Strategy's focus on clear performance measures
and evidence-based practice, contains many of the core elements CPA
considers essential to delivering effective mental health care
services," said CPA President, Dr. Michael Teehan. "Over the next
decade, the military will face many challenges as individuals return
from missions overseas with mental health issues. At the CPA, we look
forward to working closely with the CAF and its multidisciplinary teams
to support these soldiers who have sacrificed so much for our country
and now find themselves struggling to cope."
"The CAF is right to take pride in its mental health initiatives which
have been recognized by its NATO allies and civilian organizations,"
adds CPA Past President, Dr. Fiona McGregor. One of CAF's more
innovative initiatives is The Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) program.
Developed in 2007, this mental health training and education program
increases mental health literacy and enhances resilience. Based on the
principles of sports psychology, R2MR provides individuals with
specific tools for dealing with stressful situations.
Of particular interest for the CPA, is the CAF's focus on evidence-based
research, education, training, and data analysis. Lessons learned
through research and leading practices in the military mental health
community may benefit other populations such as police, firefighters,
industry and the general public.
As one of its seven strategic priorities, the CAF is developing new
partnerships with external agencies. This September, CPA launched a
Military and Veterans Section. "By bringing together military and
civilian psychiatrists who treat members of the military, veterans and
their families, the section offers a unique forum for knowledge
exchange on leading practices, lessons learned and perspectives between
the civilian and military systems," says CPA Past President, Dr. Suzane
SOURCE: Canadian Psychiatric Association
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