For Immediate Release
OTTAWA, May 8, 2012 - The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) congratulates the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) for releasing Canada’s first ever mental health strategy entitled Changing directions, changing lives: The mental health strategy for Canada. CASW, through its active participation with the Canadian Alliance of Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH), has been calling for a national action plan on mental illness and mental health for over a decade and its release is cause for celebration.
“This national mental health strategy is the culmination of many years of hard work and advocacy by people across the country” stated CASW President, Morel Caissie. “With a roadmap for mental health, the challenge now becomes moving from strategy to action and this will take the commitment of all Canadians.”
The MHCC strategy provides priorities and recommendations for action across six strategic directions, providing for the first time, a shared vision and a set of priorities that will enable all Canadians to contribute to improving the lives of people who experience mental health problems and illnesses, and their families.
“The framework of accountability required to implement a national strategy for mental health demands national leadership and provincial partnerships” stated Caissie. “CASW is hopeful that the Government of Canada will decide to provide the leadership required to coordinate agreements on accountability to the actions and outcomes contained in the MHCC Strategy.”
As the fifth largest provider of health care in the country, the Government of Canada has the opportunity to both lead by example in areas of direct federal responsibility as well as to coordinate shared accountability through the Canada Health and Social Transfers.
For further information:
Fred Phelps, Executive Director
Canadian Association of Social Workers
About: The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) was founded in 1926 and has evolved into a national social work organization that promotes the profession of social work in and advances issues of social justice.