Excerpt from the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Winter 2011 newsletter. To read the newsletter in full, please click here.
The MHCC applauds two recent major developments in provincial mental health.
This past November, the Government of British Columbia released Healthy Minds, Healthy People: A 10-year Plan to Address Mental Health and Substance Abuse in B.C. The plan provides a framework for improving the mental health and well-being of the population. It also looks at the quality and accessibility of services for people with mental health and substance use problems, with a focus on prevention of
problems, early intervention, treatment and sustainability.
In Ontario this past December, the Minister’s Advisory Group released Respect, Recovery, Resilience: Recommendations for Ontario’s Mental Health and Addictions Strategy. The recommendations from this report, as well as from the Select Committee Report on Mental Health and Addictions that was released in August, will inform the 10-year Mental Health and Addictions Strategy that is under development.
These provincial developments contribute to the growing momentum for a new approach to mental health across Canada, and will inform the MHCC’s work to develop a mental health strategy for Canada