When the Government of Canada created the Mental Health Commission of Canada in 2007, our nation was the only G8 country without a mental health strategy. Since the 2012 release of the MHCC’s Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada, our nation has become a respected world leader on mental health issues.
Guided by The Mental Health Strategy for Canada, the Mental Health Commission of Canada is a catalyst for improving the mental health system and changing the attitudes and behaviours of Canadians around mental health—at home, work, and school, as well as with the media and healthcare providers—from coast to coast to coast.
Through its unique mandate from Health Canada, the Commission is Canada’s coordinating agent, bringing together the best and most influential minds in the mental health community. The MHCC is leading a nationwide conversation—collaborating with hundreds of partners and engaging policy makers at all levels of government, along with health professionals, volunteers, families, and people with lived experience of mental health problems and mental illnesses—to create Canada’s Mental Health Action Plan.
We envision a mental health system that is inclusive, adaptable, and supports Canadians living with mental health problems and mental illnesses in their recovery journey.
Together we accelerate the change needed to transform the nation’s mental health system and the wellbeing of all.
Read about the changes made to Canada’s mental health system in the past 7 years and what the future holds. Reporting On Achievements.