Friday, July 25, 2008

Charity to mark 'first real national push' on mental health

From today's edition of The Globe and Mail:
By Erin Anderssen

OTTAWA — Canada's leading champion of mental health will create a new national charity to raise research money for illnesses such as depression and schizophrenia – an effort to make funding and public awareness of the issue equal to cancer and heart disease.

The charity, tentatively called Mind and Brain Canada, will initially raise funds to develop programs to help hard-to-reach groups such as youth, who have some of the highest rates of mental health problems.

“This is the first real national push,” said former Liberal senator Michael Kirby, chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. “How do we keep mental health out of the shadows forever?”

Mr. Kirby said a prominent fundraising body similar to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation is necessary to fight the persistent stigma surrounding mental illness and the lack of funds available to help the one in five Canadians who will struggle at some point in their lives with a mental-health problem.
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Thanks go to John Devlin for bringing this article to my attention.

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