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Mental Health Commission of Canada praises Nova Scotia’s new mental health and addictions strategy: “Together We Can”

Calgary, May 18, 2012 – The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) commends this week’s release of the first mental health and addictions strategy for Nova Scotia. “Together We Can” outlines 33 actions for improved mental health and addictions care for people living in that province.

“We congratulate the province of Nova Scotia for this important undertaking,” says MHCC President and CEO Louise Bradley. “This strategy dovetails very well with The Mental Health Strategy for Canada released by the Commission just last week. I am so pleased to see a focus on critical issues such as early intervention, increased support for families, as well as addressing diversity and providing training in cultural safety,” she says.The Nova Scotia strategy was created after extensive consultation with a range of people, from those living with mental illness and addictions issues, to health care providers working on the front lines. “This strategy is a huge accomplishment,” says MHCC Chair David Goldbloom. “It also refers to a number of MHCC-related projects and is a shining example of how we should all work together and learn from one another to create change.”

In particular, the Nova Scotia strategy points to the anti-stigma focus of the MHCC’s work, the promotion of Mental Health First Aid, and the promotion of psychological health and safety in the workplace.

For more on the Nova Scotia mental health strategy, please visit: gov.ns.ca/health/mhs/mental-health-addiction-strategy.asp

For more on The Mental Health Strategy for Canada, please visit:http://strategy.mentalhealthcommission.ca/

About the Mental Health Commission of Canada

The Mental Health Commission of Canada is a catalyst for change. We are collaborating with hundreds of partners to change the attitudes of Canadians toward mental health problems and to improve services and support. Our goal is to help people who live with mental health problems and illnesses lead meaningful and productive lives. Together, we spark change.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada is funded by Health Canada.

The views represented herein solely represent the views of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Production of this document is made possible through a financial contribution from Health Canada.

For further information:
Contact:
Kyle Marr, Senior Communication Specialist
Mental Health Commission of Canada
Office: (403) 385‐4050
Cell: (587) 226-8782
[email protected]