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December 9, 2009 CMHA National Supports Senate Report on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness

Ottawa —Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), National supports several of the recommendations of “In From The Margins: A Call to Action on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness”, Report of the Subcommittee on Cities of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology tabled yesterday in Ottawa. “We are very pleased that the Senate Sub-Committee recognized CMHA’s contributions to the report”, says Dr. Taylor Alexander, CEO, CMHA National Office. “Income support and other measures to reduce poverty can play several roles with regard to those persons living with a disability associated with mental illness. Many of these measures were identified in the report.”

June 25, 2009 CMHA National Applauds and Supports Newly Launched Canadian Forces Mental Health Awareness Campaign

OTTAWA — CMHA, National applauds the newly launched Canadian Forces (CF) mental health awareness campaign, Be the Difference. The campaign, launched today at a ceremony held at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, is part of the CF’s long term commitment to improving oversight and engagement regarding mental health issues in the Forces. Be the Difference is designed to help educate CF personnel and build a culture of understanding around issues relating to mental health.

May 4, 2009 Recession-Stressed Workers Need Employers’ Support

New study shows increased anxiety in the workplace

Toronto — They’re stressed, anxious, worried about their jobs. They’re losing sleep and they’re losing confidence in the economy. Many Canadian employees are showing these and other signs of mental distress.

According to the first results of the Desjardins Financial Security National Health Survey released today for National Mental Health Week (May 4-10), during which Canadians are encouraged to “Invest in yourself,” a significant number of workers in Canada feel they have lost control of their lives as the economic recession grinds on, unemployment numbers rise and financial security appears to be evaporating.

March 6, 2009 Canadian Mental Health Association Urges Governments to Develop More Appropriate Solutions for the Mentally Ill Housed in Today’s Prisons

Ottawa — It is a fact that today’s Canadian prisons and penitentiaries are ill-equipped to handle the growing number of prisoners with serious mental illnesses. The recently released Correctional Investigator’s Report, studying mental health and illness of persons who are under the supervision of the Correctional Services of Canada, suggests that our prisons have become “warehouses” for the mentally ill due, in part, to funding cuts and closures in community psychiatric facilities. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) believes that this is an inhumane and unsafe way to care for people with mental illnesses.