Media advisory - Opportunity to meet with the mental health strategy team

    CALGARY, April 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada is the only G8 country without a
national mental health strategy. The team working towards Canada's first
mental health strategy will be in Winnipeg, April 8, as part of its
stakeholder consultation process. A total of thirteen regional meetings are
being held across the country.
    The current mental health system falls well short of meeting the needs of
Canadians. A mental health strategy will be a blueprint for improving the
lives of people with a mental illness and promoting the mental health of all
Canadians. The strategy will promote a unified vision of how mental health
services should be developed across the country. Everyone is being invited to
help contribute to the development of this important plan.
    The mental health strategy team is available to answer questions about
the stakeholder consultation and how members of the public can participate.
Although the stakeholder meeting is not open to the public, a nationwide
e-consultation has also been launched and this is a good opportunity to find
out more about the strategy and how your community can get involved.

    Who:      The Mental Health Commission's mental health strategy team

    Where:    Winnipeg

    When:     April 8, 2009: Please call to set up interview times in advance
              of the meeting

    The MHCC is a non-profit organization created to focus national attention
on mental health issues. It is funded by the federal government but operates
at arm's length from all levels of government. The Commission's objective is
to enhance the health and social outcomes for Canadians living with mental
health problems and illnesses.

For further information:

For further information: and interview requests contact: Karleena
Suppiah, Communications Specialist, (403) 385-4050

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