CMHA, Ontario says newly-formed Mental Health Commission of Canada will bring mental illness "out of the shadows"

    TORONTO, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA),
Ontario welcomes the launch of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)
by Prime Minister Steven Harper today in Ottawa, Ontario.
    "This is a great day for Mental Health in Canada," says Lorne Zon, CEO,
CMHA, Ontario. "CMHA, Ontario supports the three priorities of the MHCC:
creating a national mental health strategy; fighting discrimination and stigma
against people with mental illnesses; and improving knowledge exchange. We
look forward to working closely with the Commission as it moves forward."
    CMHA Ontario believes that a national mental health strategy should
involve all levels of government, mental health consumers, their families, and
the broader community.
    Public education is an important aspect of a campaign to fight
discrimination. Involving people with mental illness as full citizens in their
communities is also an important aspect of reducing stigma.
    Having the most up-to-date knowledge is an important part of developing
the best possible services and supports for people with mental illnesses.
Knowledge exchange must include the knowledge of people who have experienced
mental illnesses, their families, ethno-cultural groups, clinicians and
    CMHA Ontario is looking to the federal government to further implement
other recommendations made by the Senate Committee including: a Mental Health
Transition Fund that would include a housing initiative; and the expansion of
community services and supports available for people with mental illness.

    About CMHA, Ontario

    Founded in 1952, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario, is a
non-profit, charitable organization committed to improving the lives of people
with mental illness and their families, and to the promotion of mental health
for all Ontarians. CMHA, Ontario achieves its mission through public
education, applied research and policy analysis, and advocating for healthy
public policy and an effective and efficient health system. Ontario's 32 local
CMHA branches provide direct services and supports to communities across the
province. More information about CMHA, Ontario may be found on our website at

For further information:

For further information: Kismet Baun, Communications Officer, CMHA,
Ontario, Toronto, (416) 977-5580, ext. 4141,

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