OTTAWA, June 18, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness
and Mental Health (CAMIMH) is pleased with the recent federal
recognition of the need for a more robust disability management system
addressing mental health. A key component of the broader announcement
Minister Clement highlighted is that the federal government will
emphasize prevention and rehabilitation and will include enhanced
support for mental illness.
This is an issue that is very important to Canada's mental health
providers and their patients. As one of Canada's leading providers of
health care, the federal government has a leadership role to play in
ensuring workplace mental health in Canada. CAMIMH is optimistic that
the increased supports for workplace mental health in the announcement
is a step in the right direction.
"As Minister Clement said, the current plan is outdated and hasn't been
changed in nearly 40 years," commented John Higenbottam, CAMIMH
Co-Chair. "Over that time period huge strides have been made in the
diagnosis and treatment of many of the mental illnesses that have an
impact on Canadian workers and employers. We are pleased to see the
government is recognizing that they must set the example and do a
better job addressing mental illness amongst its workforce and within
the disability framework."
CAMIMH is pleased that the government has acknowledged with this
announcement that mental illness represents more than half of all
disability claims among employed Canadians, and as such needs to be
addressed in a much more robust manner than it has in the past. CAMIMH
trusts that the government is recognizing that federal employees are
entitled to sick leave as well as disability leave as prescribed by
their physicians or mental health practitioners as it brings forward
improvements to the short and long term disability benefits.
"The government's intent to launch a consultation process is most
welcome" states Dave Gallson, CAMIMH Co-Chair. "This announcement
follows some of the recommendations contained within the mental health
strategy launched by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and
represents an important acknowledgement of the need to immediately
address workplace mental health within government."
As an employer, the federal government can ensure that the extended
health plans it offers to its employees provide meaningful coverage for
mental health treatments and supports. CAMIMH is encouraged by this
announcement, and its members look forward to working with the federal
government in its implementation.
Established in 1998, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental
Health (CAMIMH) is an alliance of mental health organizations comprised
of health care providers and organizations representing persons with
mental illness and their families and caregivers. CAMIMH's mandate is
to ensure that mental health is placed on the national agenda so that
persons with a lived experience of mental illness and their families
receive appropriate access to care and support.
SOURCE: Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health
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