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Connections Canada Mental Health Webcast December 10th 2009

Connections Canada  is pleased to announce that we will be holding our next Mental Health Dialogue Webcast on Thursday December 10th at 1:00 pm EST.   This webcast will feature Howard Chodos, PH.D, Director, Mental Health Strategy, Mental Health Commission of Canada.   Mr. Chodos will discuss the progress of the development of Canada’s Mental Health Strategy.   Please join us for this exciting and informative webcast.

Please see the flyer for more information.

Quality of Life Report
Mental illness can be a devastating illness for anyone; however, it is especially difficult for young adults as it often disrupts their education, career plans and the raising of a young family.  The symptoms of psychosis can confuse the mind, disorient perceptions, and unsettle important relationships with family and friends.  But there is hope, schizophrenia and psychosis are treatable and recovery of quality of life is possible when people are able to find the right path to open up options for treatment, support and hope. 

The Schizophrenia Society of Canada (SCC) recently commissioned a Canada-wide survey to learn how it can support people living with schizophrenia and their families to recover the best quality of life possible.  Through a qualitative and quantitative survey and cross Canada focus groups, 1,086 people with mental health experience shared what quality of life means to them.  The results revealed that people living with schizophrenia and their families share similar hopes and frustrations regarding their quality of life.  (Details)

Chris Summerville discusses recovery on this week’s CCAMHR webcast, click here to watch the full webcast.

Last week the Management Committee of CAMIMH put out the following press release and letter to speak to the issue of mental illness and mental health as they relate to the Timothy McLean and Ashley Smith Tragedies.

Read the Press Release | Read the CAMIMH Commentary

The Mental Health Commission of Canada invites you to contribute to the development of a mental health strategy for Canada.
For more information:

Canada is the only G8 country without a mental health strategy. The Mental Health Commission of Canada has been given the responsibility to work with Canadians to address this gap.

An important part of this process is for the Commission to hear from as many individual Canadians as possible that have been affected by or are interested in mental health issues. The Commission is also committed to engaging with organizations or groups who are active in the area of mental health, mental illness and addiction.

With this in mind, the Commission has launched an extensive online consultation process to allow you, or your group or organization, to learn about and provide input on this very important topic.

Make your contribution to the development of a mental health strategy for Canada by visiting:

The Commission also invites you to share this invitation with others who might wish to participate, or learn about mental health issues in Canada. We hope to hear from as many individual Canadians, groups and organizations as possible: it is only by working together that we will keep mental health issues out of the shadows – forever.

Government cancels form asking drivers about mental health

The province has yanked a new application form for getting a driver’s licence because of concern over questions it asked about the psychiatric history of applicants. "We have withdrawn that form," Jamie Muir, the minister responsible for Service Nova Scotia, said Wednesday. "We’ll be going back to the old one." Read more...

Dare To Imagine... From Lunatics to Citizens

This book describes the creation and the evolution of mental health care from the standpoint of people who were sidelined and stifled, but who gradually rallied and even rebelled in order to create services which are tailored to their realities. For the past 185 years, these struggles have brought about profound changes in New Brunswick's mental health system's landscape; so that today, many no longer see themselves as passive consumers.

In this original book, the first of its kind in Canada, Eugène LeBlanc and Nérée St-Amand present an unconventional picture of mental health that casts doubt on the official version. Through personal accounts, the authors make it obvious that psychiatrizing people is not the answer. This book is a must-read in order to understand not only the history of asylums, but the issues surrounding mental health.

For more Information:

Coalition Members appointed to the Mental Health Commission of Canada. October 2007 (PDF Format)

The Mental Health Commission of Canada August 2007: Prime Minister launches national Mental Health Commission (PDF Format)

The Mental Health Commission of Canada August 2007: Mental Health Commission of Canada announces Board of Directors and Advisory Committee Chairs (PDF Format)

IIMHL Leadership Exchange
August 27 - 31 2007
Ottawa, Ontario Canada

The National Network for Mental Health was very proud to host International leaders in mental health in St. Catharines Ontario on August 27th and 28th 2007. This event included a one day symposium where information and best practices was shared by mental health consumer leaders from Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, England, Scotland, United States and Canada. Read more...

BUILT Network TM gains national recognition for excellence in learning practices from the Canadian Council on Learning

Call for submissions for the Northern Initiative for Social Action's (NISA's) Open Minds Quarterly

Mental health groups counting on Monday’s budget for signal that Government will act on Senate Mental Health Report

Ottawa (March 16 2007) – A coalition of Canada’s major national mental health organizations said today that they are counting on the new government to signal in Monday’s budget its intent to honour an election commitment for a national mental health strategy.
Full Report - English
Full Report - French

Advancing the Inclusion of People with Disabilities 2006
The Department of Human Resources and Social Development Canada

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