National Mental Health Strategy


A new report from the Mental Health Commission of Canada hopes to persuade Ottawa to take a lead role on mental health care. It says, each year, one out of five Canadians experience mental illness -- with a 50 billion dollar cost to the economy.

Part Two of The Current

National Mental Health Strategy - Mental Health Commission

We started this segment with one of our callers talking to us back in January 2011 when The Current hosted a special national phone-in program on mental health and mental illness. Listeners shared their stories of desperation, of frustration and confusion. Stories of isolation. Stories of how difficult it can be to get treatment. Or just a little help.

About 6.7 million Canadians suffer from mental illness and for years Canada has been the only G8 country without a national mental-health strategy. Until now. Dr. David Goldbloom is the Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. He's been finding ways to help some really troubled people. Dr. Goldbloom joined us for our special show last year. He listened to your stories. And he's back in our Toronto studio to talk about the new report, Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada.

This segment was produced by The Current's Liz Hoath and Shannon Higgins.

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