Why mental health matters.
Mental illness affects 1 in 5 Canadians in any given year. We know mental health problems and illnesses have a high economic cost and take an even greater human toll. Mental health is more than the absence of illness. Just like our physical health, it is a resource. It gives us the capacity to enjoy life and deal with challenges. It is both a health and a social policy issue in which policy makers can make a big difference.
How the Mental Health Commission of Canada can help you.
The MHCC has a wealth of policy documents, research papers, tools and resources to guide your policy and program efforts to improve mental health for all in Canada.
- Changing Directions, Changing Lives, The Mental Health Strategy for Canada, released in May 2012, is the first mental health strategy for Canada. The Strategy translates this vision into priorities and recommendations for action, grouped under 6 Strategic Directions.
- Strengthening the Case for Investing in Canada’s Mental Health System provides economic rationale for investing in best practices that can improve mental health outcomes while bolstering the bottom line.
- Other major resources and tools the MHCC has produced since 2007.