CMHA, National celebrates launch of newly-formed Mental Health Commission of Canada



    TORONTO, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA),
National celebrates the launch of the Mental Health Commission of Canada
(MHCC) announced today by Prime Minister Steven Harper in Ottawa.
    "This is a great day for Canada," says Dr. Taylor Alexander, CEO,
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), National. "Canada is the only G-8
country without a mental health strategy. Today's announcement shows a
landmark commitment to investing in the mental health of Canadians. CMHA,
National looks forward to working closely with The Honourable Michael Kirby,
Chair of the MHCC and his team in the development of a national mental health
strategy."
    One in five Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime.
The Commission will address issues that cut to the core of the matter:
creating a national mental health strategy; fighting discrimination against
people with mental illnesses; and improving knowledge exchange across Canada.
    "I am particularly pleased that the work of the Commission will help
improve the quality of life for Canadians and their families dealing with
mental illness," says Judith Watson, President, Board of Directors, CMHA,
National.
    CMHA, National is delighted that its board member, Louise de Bellefeuille
from Montreal has been appointed to the founding board of the Commission. We
are also proud to announce that The Honourable Michael Kirby will be attending
CMHA, National's October Roundtable in Ottawa as a guest speaker and
participant.

    About CMHA, National

    The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), founded in 1918, is one of
the oldest voluntary organizations in Canada. Each year, it provides direct
service to more than 100,000 Canadians through the combined efforts of more
than 10,000 volunteers and staff across Canada in over 135 communities. As a
nation-wide, voluntary organization, the Canadian Mental Health Association
promotes the mental health of all Canadians and supports the resilience and
recovery of people experiencing mental illness. The CMHA accomplishes this
mission through advocacy, education, research and service delivery.





For further information:

For further information: Kismet Baun, Communications Officer, CMHA,
National, Toronto (416) 977-5580, ext. 4141, kbaun@ontario.cmha.ca

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