CALGARY, June 22 /CNW/ - The release of a 10-year mental health and
addictions strategy by the province of Ontario is being met with praise
from the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). "The actions that
will flow from this new strategy will help improve the mental health of
people across Ontario," said Louise Bradley, MHCC President and CEO.
The release of the strategy, entitled "Open Minds, Healthy Minds"
fulfils commitments made by the Ontario government as part of its 2011
budget. "In March, we were pleased to see the province's commitment to
children and youth. The release of Open Minds, Healthy Minds places
this commitment within the context of a comprehensive, integrated
strategy to address mental health and addictions in Ontario," said
MHCC Chair Michael Kirby has advocated for more governmental and
societal focus on mental health since his time in the Senate of Canada
and welcomes this move. "The government of Ontario has taken a major
step forward with the release of this strategy. I'm pleased to see
Ontario adopt an "all-of-government" approach to mental health and
addictions, given the number of departments with a role to play in
improving the mental health of Ontarians. I'm also pleased to see the
comprehensive nature of the strategy, which focuses on areas like
children and youth, the workplace, stigma reduction and the training of
first responders," said Kirby.
MHCC board member Patrick Dion also is a member of a Ministerial
Advisory Group which helped shape the Ontario strategy.
For more on the Open Minds, Healthy Minds strategy, please visit: http://www.news.ontario.ca/mcys/en/2011/06/ontarios-comprehensive-mental-health-and-addictions-strategy.html
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