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Changing Directions, Changing Lives CANADA MENTAL HEALTH STRATEGY 2012

Changing Directions, Changing Lives CANADA MENTAL HEALTH STRATEGY 2012

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Published by Vaishnavi Jayakumar
TORONTO - The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) released Canada’s first-ever national strategy to improve mental health for all Canadians.

Five years in the making, the strategy ‘Changing directions, changing lives’ is a blueprint to promote better mental health, prevent mental illness and ensure that services and supports are there for people who need them. With more than 100 recommendations, the strategy calls for a reconfiguration of health care services so patients have better access to mental health professionals, community support, better funding and appropriate medication.

Read it on Global News: Global Regina | Full report: 'Changing direction, changing lives: the mental health strategy for Canada’
TORONTO - The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) released Canada’s first-ever national strategy to improve mental health for all Canadians.

Five years in the making, the strategy ‘Changing directions, changing lives’ is a blueprint to promote better mental health, prevent mental illness and ensure that services and supports are there for people who need them. With more than 100 recommendations, the strategy calls for a reconfiguration of health care services so patients have better access to mental health professionals, community support, better funding and appropriate medication.

Read it on Global News: Global Regina | Full report: 'Changing direction, changing lives: the mental health strategy for Canada’

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CHANGING DIRECTIONS, CHANGING LIVES:THE MENTAL HEALTH STRATEGY FOR CANADA
 
Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy or Canada
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Strategy Team: Mary Bartram, Howard Chodos, Sarah Gosling, Susan Lynn Hardie, Francine Knoops, Louise Lapierre,Donna Lyons, Barbara NeuweltTranslation Coordinator: Mylène ProulxCe document est disponible en rançais.This document is available atwww.mentalhealthcommission.caSuggested citation: Mental Health Commission o Canada. (2012).
Changing directions, changing lives: Themental health strategy or Canada
. Calgary, AB: Author.©2012 Mental Health Commission o Canada10301 Southport Lane, SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2W 1S7
Production o this document is made possible through a inancial contribution rom Health Canada.The views represented herein solely represent the views o the Mental Health Commission o Canada.
ISBN: 978-0-9813795-2-4Legal depositNational Library o Canada
 
Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy or CanadaForeword
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FOREWORD
On behal o the Mental Health Commission o Canada, it gives us great pleasure to place beore you
ChangingDirections, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy or Canada.
The publication o this document representsthe ulillment o a key element o the mandate that was conerred upon the Mental Health Commission oCanada by the Government o Canada in April 2007.The Commission has drawn on the experience, knowledge and advice o thousands o people across thecountry in the course o drating this
 Strategy.
The stories we have heard rom people living with mental healthproblems and illnesses, their amilies, and the many dedicated people who work with them across the countryhave moved us, have angered us, and have inspired us.This
Strategy 
is about improving mental health and wellbeing or everyone and creating, together, a mentalhealth system that can truly meet the needs o people o all ages living with mental health problems and illnesses, and their amilies. This is not a simple task. There are no miracle solutions and there is no single templatethat will work or everyone or or every jurisdiction.This
 Strategy 
thereore tackles a broad range o issues and presents many recommendations or change. Thehard work o putting these recommendations into practice now becomes the responsibility o governments,o providers o mental health and related services, and o the countless people in every corner o our land whouse these services every year. The Commission will continue to do its part, but transorming the mental healthsystem in this country is truly a job or us all.We believe that there now exists an historic opportunity to make a dierence. It will not be easy, but the winds ochange have been swirling about the mental health system or many years.We can and must deeat the stigma that has blighted people’s attitudes or ar too long and has ed the discrimination that so many have endured. We can and must ensure that everyone who conronts a mental healthproblem or illness is able to count on the same support, treatment and services as anyone who is acing aphysical health challenge. We can and must promote mental health in all walks o lie, and do everything possible to reduce people’s risk o developing a mental health problem or illness, or o becoming so desperate as tocontemplate suicide.There are many positive signs o progress. The media are playing an increasingly constructive role. The economic signiicance o better mental health is becoming more apparent to employers and governments alike.Our knowledge o what works to promote recovery and wellbeing is growing with each passing day.
Changing Directions, Changing Lives
provides the blueprint to translate aspiration or change into action, todraw together people’s eorts across the country into an unstoppable movement to improve mental health. Wehope that you will join with us to make this happen.Michael Kirby David GoldbloomLouise Bradley

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