Exciting news for the Canadian mental health scene as the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and the National Mental Health Commission of Australia sign a formal Memorandum of Understanding “to share knowledge and successful practices in mental health research” (Source: PRNewswire, March 11, 2013).
Readers who follow any and/or all of our social networking sites (Healthy Workplaces blog, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIN) may recall our recent posts in which we reported on the appearance of MHCC’s President and CEO Louise Bradley at the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) exchange in Auckland, New Zealand, March 7–8. The intent of the visit was to share best practices among 300 leaders and experts in mental health. It appears as if this was an opportunity that was not to be missed!
Robyn Kruk, CEO and Commissioner of Australia’s National Mental Health Commission, commented:
As a national mental health commission that is just starting out, we have appreciated the exchange of ideas and experiences with the Mental Health Commission of Canada and are delighted to formalise this collaboration through an MoU.
MHCC president and CEO Louise Bradley also hosted and/or appeared at a number of other events in New Zealand and Australia during which she described several innovative projects. As we have reported elsewhere, these projects included:
- Opening Minds, the largest systematic effort to reduce the stigma of mental illness in Canadian history.
- At Home /Chez Soi, the world’s largest research demonstration project using the “housing first” approach to reduce homelessness and improve mental health outcomes among people living with a mental health issue or illness.
- SPARK Training Institute, a knowledge exchange workshop guiding participants through techniques for moving evidence-informed research in mental health, substance use and addictions more quickly into practice.underway in Canada through the MHCC in the areas of workplace mental health, (as reported on our social networking sites: Opening Minds, the largest systematic effort to reduce the stigma of mental illness in Canadian history.
Once again, the Canadian mental health scene is being recognized on an international level for its innovative projects, expertise, and leadership.
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