CALGARY, June 8, 2011 /CNW/ - The Mental Health Commission of Canada
(MHCC) welcomes the news that the Government of Canada is investing $27
million in child and youth mental health research and programs.
"Today's funding announcement is going to help support young people,
their parents, and members of their communities across the country.
This is excellent news," said Louise Bradley, President and CEO of the
Mental Health Commission of Canada.
The federal announcement includes projects covering a myriad of issues
from bullying, resilience, healthy relationships and substance abuse in
children from birth to adolescence.
A focus on child and youth mental health is important, says Bradley,
because more than two-thirds of adults report that their mental health
issues first surfaced in childhood or adolescence. The federal
government should be commended for its contribution to improving child
and youth mental health, which is a priority for the MHCC and many
other mental health groups across the country.
Child and youth mental health has been an important area of focus for
the MHCC since its creation in 2007. The MHCC's Evergreen Framework,
published in 2010, is a roadmap for governments and organizations to
follow to help them build mental health strategies targeted at children
and youth. Health promotion and illness prevention are areas that will
also be addressed in the national mental health strategy, which is to
be released in 2012.
To read the Evergreen Framework:
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
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