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Mental Health Commission of Canada to unveil national guidelines for improving support for family caregivers

MONTREAL, June 26, 2013 – Caregiving costs for persons with mental illness added up to an estimated $3.9 billion in Canada alone in 2006. Many frontline caregivers for adults with mental illness are family members, and without these family caregivers, the cost of caregiving would skyrocket in Canada. But who cares for the caregivers?

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) will release 41 detailed recommendations aimed at supporting family caregivers who provide crucial help to relatives living with mental illnesses.

The National Guidelines for a Comprehensive Service System to Support Family Caregivers of Adults with Mental Health Problems and Illnesses contain specific recommendations intended to improve the capacity of caregivers to provide the best possible care to adults with mental illness, while reducing the risk of the caregivers becoming “collateral casualties” of mental illness.

Details are as follows:
What: Unveiling of The National Guidelines for a Comprehensive Service System to Support Family Caregivers of Adults with Mental Health Problems and Illnesses
When: Thursday, June 27, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: St. Jacques room, Delta Centre-Ville Hotel, 777 University Street, Montreal, Quebec

After the event the Guidelines will be available free of charge at www.mentalhealthcommission.ca.

The Guidelines align with recommendations in Changing Directions, Changing Lives; The Mental Health Strategy forCanada.

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.
www.mentalhealthcommission.ca
strategy.mentalhealthcommission.ca

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.

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

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