Recent advancements in mental health policy: Canadian context
In 2006, the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology released its final report: Out of the shadows at last: Transforming mental health, mental illness and addiction services in Canada , authored by The Honourable Michael J. Kirby and The Honourable Wilbert J. Keon. In response, the Government of Canada announced funding for the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) in its March 2007 budget and indicated that the mandate and structure of the commission would be closely based on the proposal contained in the senate committee report. In 2009, the MHCC released Toward recovery & well-being: A framework for a mental health strategy for Canada.
Following a comprehensive multi-stakeholder consultation process, the Mental Health Commission of Canada expects to launch its Mental Health Strategy for Canada in early 2012. This strategy will include a series of strategic directions and priorities designed to: (1) shift upstream and across sectors; (2) transform relationships and uphold rights; (3) strengthen capacity in the community; (4) improve equity; (5) advance innovation with First Nations, Inuit and Métis; and (6) mobilize leadership (MHCC, 2012).
CNA, in a 2011 brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, told the committee that it is anticipated that targeted improvements in community health and mental health care across the continuum can be realized through the implementation of the recommendations outlined in the strategy. “This strategy will advance a comprehensive population-based approach to mental health — one that emphasizes…[broad] community-based services and recovery-based approaches and acknowledges the pivotal role of consumers and front-line providers in implementing system change. Resources to support knowledge translation and change management opportunities will be necessary to support the implementation of the MHCC’s recommendations” (p. 6).
Utilizing its voice, leverage and actions, CNA will advocate for a system that supports the mental health and wellness of all people living in Canada and those on the journey toward recovery, and collaborate with national and jurisdictional partners to support the development and implementation of the MHCC’s Mental Health Strategy for Canada.CNA has partnered with the MHCC and will work to facilitate the implementation of this strategy with nurses across Canada in all sectors.
The next move: leading interprofessional collaboration
Collaborative practice is becoming the norm but to achieve this goal changes are needed in attitudes, in operations and in systems. We all have to recognize the importance of working with government, unions, regulators and other stakeholders.
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Have You Thought About the Social Determinants of Health?
The health of Canadians is not shaped primarily by the medical treatments they receive or the lifestyle choices they make but by the living conditions they experience. These conditions have come to be known as the social determinants of health.
The resources within this section are offered to inform your cultural awareness, competency, and safety so as to enhance your capabilities to work with your clients in addressing their health and wellness needs