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Public Policy

The Canadian Mental Health Association is the only association in Canada that addresses all aspects of mental health and mental illness. We promote and advocate through strong connections we forge with policymakers, mental health consumers and their families, educators, the media, stakeholders and other service providers.
CMHA’s National office influences public policy at the federal level with a multi-faceted approach that includes strengthening our relationship with government officials and politicians. In addition, we focus on the ongoing submission of briefs and presentations to Standing Committees on Finance, Health, Human Resources Development, Justice and others.
CMHA Policy Statements articulate the general principles and recommendations relating to a particular issue which are endorsed by the CMHA.

January 1, 2005 Geographic Distribution of Physicians in Canada: Beyond How Many and Where

In 1999, a study titled Geographic Distribution of Physicians in Canada was published,
which documented how physicians were distributed in Canada, using data mostly from the
mid-1990s.1 But the nature and extent of distribution imbalances, and possibly the public’s
perception of them, are changing—and so is our understanding of what constitutes
distribution imbalances. This study, published by the Canadian Institute for Health Information in 2005 represents an update and extension of the 1999 publication.

January 1, 2005 Women in the Workplace: An EAP’s Perspective

The last few decades have seen a growing number of women in the labour force. As the gender ratio evens out and more women assume the mantle of senior leadership, it becomes increasingly important for employers and their EAPs to identify and address gender differences in work and non-work stressors. With this in mind, we conducted a study to examine and compare EAP utilization trends among men and women from 2002 to 2004.

January 1, 2005 Improving the Health of Young Canadians

Just as early childhood experiences can have an important impact on health throughout a person’s life, teens’ experiences are also linked to health status many years later. Improving the Health of Young Canadians explores links between adolescents’ social environments (families, schools, peers and communities) and their health. Our focus is on the health of Canadian youth aged 12 to 19 years.

January 1, 2005 WHO Resource Book on Mental Health, Human Rights and Legislation

There are many ways to improve the lives of people with mental disorders. One important way is through policies, plans and programmes that lead to better services. To implement such policies and plans, one needs good legislation–that is, laws that place the policies and plans in the context of internationally accepted human rights standards and good practices. This Resource Book aims to assist countries in drafting, adopting and implementing such legislation. It does not prescribe a particular legislative model for countries, but rather highlights the key issues and principles to be incorporated into legislation.

December 13, 2004 New Approaches for Addressing Poverty and Exclusion

In recent years, there has been a great deal of change in the way developed countries perceive issues of poverty and exclusion. New data have allowed a better understanding of the dynamics of poverty, its persistence over the course of life, and the identification of groups at risk. The Policy Research Initiative of the Government of Canada is collaborating with other federal departments in a systematic exploration of the potential implications for policy-making of these newer ways of perceiving poverty and exclusion. This presentation outlines suggestions for new approaches for addressing poverty and exclusion.

September 3, 2004 Depression and Anxiety Among Canadian Women in the Workplace

This study was conducted by Leger Marketing on behalf of Wyeth Canada to understand the incidence and effect of depression and anxiety on women in the workplace. Its objectives were to measure the prevalence of these conditions among working women and to understand a) how these illnesses affect women’s day-to-day experience at work, b) what impact, if any, they have on women’s career paths, and c) how getting well (achieving remission), may benefit the work life and careers of the women studied.

May 3, 2004 Working Together Toward a Pan-Canadian Strategy on Mental Health/Mental Illness for the People of Canada

The Canadian Mental Health Association recommends five broad areas on which the Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology should move forward: developing and implementing a pan-Canadian national strategy on mental Illness/mental health; responding to the Premiers’ Council’s commitment to community mental health; ensuring that children and youth, aboriginals, women, and new immigrants are included in the national strategy; ensuring that suicide is addressed as part of the national strategy; and committing to increasing the capacity of the voluntary sector in the mental health community to participate in public policy development.

April 1, 2004 A Framework for Strategic Planning

A Framework for Strategic Planning offers background information and relevant examples to provide policy direction for early intervention in psychosis. It describes key elements that should be considered by policy makers, providers and other stakeholders.

March 26, 2004 Citizen Engagement - Essential to 21st Century Democracy

A reaction by the Canadian Policy Research Network to the Ontario government’s attempts to involve citizens in setting budget priorities is instructive.

March 12, 2004 Public Tools and Other Tools for Citizen Engagement

A workshop presentation by the Canadian Policy Research Network (CPRN) exploring how and when to use public dialogue methodology, drawing on CPRN’s experience with dialogues on health reform, the social contract, quality of life and other issues.