Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health Applauds Call for National Strategy on Mental Illness and Mental Health


Ottawa, June 7, 2005 – The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) called on all parties to support Conservative Health Critic Steven Fletcher’s proposed resolution for Canada to adopt a national strategy to help reduce the human and economic costs of cancer, heart disease and mental illness. 

 “CAMIMH was established in 1998 to advocate for a national strategy on mental illness and mental health.  This resolution is a very important step in recognizing the significant personal costs and economic burden of mental illness in this country” stated Phil Upshall, National Executive Director of CAMIMH.  “Nearly 6 million, or 1 in 5 Canadians today are likely to experience a diagnosable mental illness; 3 per cent of Canadians are likely to have to live with a serious mental illness. This is a growing problem in need of concerted action on the part of governments and Canadians.”

“By 2020 it is estimated that depressive illnesses will become the second leading cause of disease burden worldwide and the leading cause in developed countries like Canada”  according to Dr. John Service, CAMIMH President. “For Canada, the time to act is now.  We need a national strategy that will reduce stigma through public education and awareness-raising, that will support a national research agenda, and that will ensure national collection and preservation of information and data to support research.”

As the largest mental health advocacy group in Canada, CAMIMH represents stakeholders along the mental health continuum: practitioners including physicians, psychologists and psychiatric nurses; researchers; and people living with mental illness and the families that support them. Together, these organizations constitute an important and vibrant network of national, provincial and local organizations that stretch from coast to coast.


CAMIMH members are: Autism Society Canada; Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists; Canadian Association of Social Workers;  Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention; Canadian Coalition for Seniors Mental Health; Canadian Healthcare Association; Canadian Medical Association; Canadian Mental Health Association; Canadian National Committee for Police/Mental Health Liaison; Canadian Psychiatric Association; Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation; Canadian Psychological Association; Mood Disorders Society of Canada; National Network for Mental Health; Native Mental Health Association of Canada; Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Canada; and Schizophrenia Society of Canada.


For information, contact:

Phil Upshall                                       

C: 519-835-1058