TORONTO, September 18, 2017 – On the eve of its 100th anniversary, the Canadian Mental Health Association today welcomes the new Minister of Health, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor to open its second annual Mental Health for All Conference (MH4A 2017).
The new Minister for Veterans Affairs, The Honourable Seamus O’Regan will be on hand to herald CMHA’s 100th year on Day Three of the Conference (September 20).
Hosted in partnership with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) and Invictus Games Toronto 2017, the Mental Health for All conference declares “it takes a nation.”
Dr. Patrick Smith, National CEO of CMHA says: “The Government of Canada, which will be making unprecedented investments in mental health this year, is here. The leading voices on mental health in Canada are here. We know what needs to be done, and we need to be in the same room to make it so. The Mental Health for All Conference provides that room.”
CMHA is proud to be partnering with MHCC, CCSA and Invictus Games Toronto 2017 in presenting the second annual Mental Health for All Conference.
“This is the year the federal government has pledged billions in new money for mental health,” says Louise Bradley, President and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. “We must seize the opportunity to shape these investments so they have the greatest impact. This conference is a valuable venue where we can tear down the silos that have traditionally hindered progress on mental health and coordinate our efforts to build an integrated mental health system for all.”
“Problematic substance use and mental health are complex issues requiring national attention and action,” said Rita Notarandrea, CEO of the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA). “Indeed it takes a nation, with governments and organizations all working together to break down barriers, eliminate stigma and strengthen our system of care to better serve all Canadians – to build the bridges to hope that will inspire individuals, families and communities on their personal journeys to a better quality of life and recovery.”
The CMHA Mental Health for All Conference is bringing together Canada’s mental health decision-makers, thinkers, funders, researchers, front-line workers, practitioners and people with lived experiences.
This year’s conference will be held from Monday, September 18 to Wednesday, September 20 at the Toronto Hilton, 145 Richmond Street West, Toronto.
Lundbeck Canada is once again the Change Maker Partner for the CMHA Mental Health for All Conference.