Statement from President of Mental Health Commission

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“This isn’t just a matter of access, it’s a matter of equality. We’re asking for parity with other health services” – MHCC President and CEO, Louise Bradley discussed Canada’s immediate need for mental health funding at the Canada 2020 conference.

Louise Bradley, President and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada marks Mental Illness Awareness Week

OTTAWA – Hope and recovery.  These are essential messages to convey during Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) as we strive to raise awareness about mental health problems and illnesses and to reduce the associated stigma and discrimination.

Recovery doesn’t necessarily mean a cure but it does mean living a satisfying, hopeful, and contributing life, even when mental health problems and illnesses create ongoing challenges.

Recovery journeys are built on individual, family, cultural, and community strengths and can be fostered by many types of services, supports, and treatments.  That is why each individual and every organization has a role to play in supporting people through their journey of recovery.

The Faces of the MIAW campaign are the ultimate ambassadors of recovery as they courageously lend their faces and share their personal recovery stories with everyone in Canada—illustrating there is no standard path to recovery.

The 2016 Faces, Andrea Paquette, Dexter Nyuurnibe, Stéphanie Fontaine and the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s own Samuel Breau—and all those who have come before them—are living proof that recovery is not only possible, it is probable—provided timely treatment, services and supports are accessible.

We commend the Faces for doing their part and courageously sharing their inspiring stories.

Everybody living in Canada has a part to play in reducing stigma and creating socially inclusive communities that foster recovery and well-being for all.

As an individual or organization, consider signing the Declaration of Commitment to Recovery.  This declaration outlines key recovery principles to help foster broader understanding and wider conversations about recovery and build momentum for change. It is intended as a “conversation-starter” to encourage and support individuals and organizations to promote recovery-oriented practices at all levels of the mental health system.

Learn more about recovery by reading the Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice (Guidelines). Developed in collaboration with partners and stakeholders across Canada, the Guidelines are a tool for those who are striving to improve the mental health system, whether in policy or clinical practice, to help them apply more concretely a recovery-oriented approach in their work and inspire new ways of doing and thinking. –  CNW

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