Media Advisory - Canada's Mental Health Commission at Forefront of Research
on Mental Health and Homelessness

    
    Toronto one of five Canadian cities participating in ground breaking
    initiative
    

OTTAWA, Nov. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - A series of news conferences will be held on Monday, November 23rd, to officially launch "At Home/ Chez Soi", a four year research demonstration project that will help us understand and reduce the incidence of homelessness in Canada. The purpose is to find the best mix of housing and support for homeless people who have mental health needs. Research tells us homelessness and mental illness are closely linked.

The Toronto news conference will occur at:

    
             Enoch Turner School House, 106 Trinity St., Toronto

                       Time:  10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
                   (Reception to follow: 11:00 a.m. - noon)
    

Participating in the Toronto event will be experts in the field of mental health, social housing and research, as well as individuals who have experience with mental illness and homelessness. Speakers will include:

    
    -  The Hon. Michael Kirby, Chair of the Mental Heath Commission of
       Canada;
    -  Dr. Jayne Barker, Director, At Home/Chez Soi;
    -  Dr. Paula Goering, Research Lead, At Home/Chez Soi, and Director of
       the Health System Research and Consulting Unit, Centre for Addiction
       and Mental Health;
    -  Ms. Aseefa Sarang, Executive Director, Across Boundaries: An
       Ethnoracial Mental Health Centre;
    -  Ms. Connie Harrison, Representative, Toronto People With Lived
       Experience Caucus; and
    -  Ms. Susan Gapka, Representative, Toronto People With Lived Experience
       Caucus.
    

SOURCE Mental Health Commission of Canada

For further information: For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact: Susan King, Strategic Communications Inc. for MHCC, (O) (613) 744-8282; (C) (613) 725-5901, susanking@sympatico.ca; Charmain Emerson, Strategic Communications Inc. for MHCC, (O) (416) 588-8514, (C) (416) 857-9401, charmain@building-blocks.ca; Micheal Pietrus, Director of Communications, MHCC, (O) (403) 255-5808, (O No.2) (403) 385-4037, mpietrus@mentalhealthcommission.ca; Nujma Bond, At Home/Chez Soi Communications MHCC, (O) (403) 385-4033, (C) (403) 826-3942, nbond@mentalhealthcommission.ca


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