National Alliance Applauds Commitments for Research to Assist Homeless Living with Mental Illness

    OTTAWA, Feb. 27 /CNW/ - Canada's national alliance on mental illness and
mental health today welcomed the federal government's budget commitment to
provide $110 million to the Mental Health Commission of Canada for research to
better help persons who are homeless and those living with mental illness. The
Alliance also lauded the Commission's plans to launch demonstration research
projects in five centres across the country based on the new funding.
    "This is an important step towards ensuring that persons who are homeless
and have mental illness have access to decent, secure housing," said Constance
McKnight, Chair of the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health
(CAMIMH). "We are pleased that the federal government is continuing to support
action on mental illness and mental health by providing the Commission with
the resources to carry out this critical research."
    Nearly 6 million Canadians are likely to experience a diagnosable mental
illness over their lifetimes; 3% of Canadians are likely to have to live with
a serious mental illness. A significant percentage of persons who are homeless
in Canada are affected by mental illness, facing severe discrimination and
hardship every day.
    "Our alliance strongly supports the mandate of the Mental Health
Commission to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and develop a
national strategy for mental illness and mental health," said Ms. McKnight.
"We will work with the Commission in every way possible to help ensure the
success of the research demonstration projects."

    The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) is the
national voice for action on mental illness and mental health. Its nineteen
member organizations represent all elements of the mental health continuum.
Consumers and their families, researchers, and all manner of practitioners
including physicians, psychologists and psychiatric nurses, are supporters of
the Alliance and its work. Created in October 1998, CAMIMH's core purpose is
to put mental illness and mental health on the national health and social

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