Health minister outlines work on mental health


I would like to take this opportunity to highlight the vital work that is being done to address the critically important issue of suicide in this country.

Suicide affects all parts of our society. It has become a particularly serious matter in some aboriginal communities. This is why our government is implementing the National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy.

This strategy enables our government to work with aboriginal communities, and provincial and territorial governments to advance evidence-based suicide prevention initiatives.

In addition to this strategy, we have also established the Mental Health Commission of Canada. The Commission has made significant headway since its establishment two years ago in its ability to build partnerships and bring national awareness to the challenges of mental health and illness.

It’s made progress in developing a national mental health strategy, the 10-year anti-stigma and discrimination initiative, and the mental health and homelessness research demonstration projects. Each of these elements contributes to helping Canadians who suffer from mental illness such as depression, get the help they need.
We recognize that suicide is caused by multiple factors, which means that no single solution exists.  However, the establishment of the Mental Health Commission is an important component of the Government’s strategy to address mental health issues in Canada.

Leona Aglukkaq
Minister of Health

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