On this page we will describe local, provincial and national initiatives. Please click on the links below to jump to any particular topic.
- NEW! Language and Health Study
- NEW! Government Taxation Proposal needs your Input!
- NEW! Why Should Family Caregiving Cost So Much?
- NEW! Family Caregiving: what are the consequences? A study of caregivers in Canada, 2012
- NEW! Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk
- Coalition for Access to Psychotherapy
- Montreal Walks for Mental Health
- Mental Health Commission of Canada
- Partners for Mental Health
NEW! Participate in the Language and Health Survey
Researchers at Concordia and Bishops Universities are seeking participants for a study looking into the use of different languages in the healthcare system. The ultimate goal is to understand how to make the healthcare system more user friendly. You could win $100! Click HERE to access the survey.
The Federal Government invites comments on its proposals to make changes to the graduated rates for trusts and certain estates. However, the proposal may not have considered how such changes could affect planning for special needs individuals. The most common use of a trust for special needs individuals is known as an Absolute Discretionary Trust, where trustees govern the use of the assets for the benefit of the special needs individual. In an attempt to ensure the preservation of government benefits like the Quebec Social Solidarity Program, any investment income earned by the trust is taxed at graduated tax rates. The new proposal is to eliminate the use of multiple testamentary trusts and the graduating taxation. This may have an important impact on planning for special needs individuals as it limits someone’s ability to create more than one trust, subjecting a family with more than one special needs individual to added burden. Additionally the elimination of the graduated taxation means that all investment income earned in the trust will be subject to tax at the highest marginal rate – currently 49.97% in Quebec.
Read more HERE and consider sending your comments by December 2, 2013.
For an article from WIAIH please click HERE.
An Action Table has been organized to find ways of reducing the financial burden. Read more HERE.
This is a national bicycle tour by Olympian Clara Hughes in support of mental health that begins in March 2014 and spans more than 100 days, 12,000 kilometres and every province and territory of Canada. For more information, please click HERE.
CAP was created following the publication in December 2012 of the report on mental health services by the Health and Welfare Commissioner of Québec in which equitable access to psychotherapy services, as part of a treatment plan for mental health problems, was identified as an unmet need.
CAP is composed of a number of organizations like AMI-Quebec, as well as experts in the field of health services who believe that psychotherapy services should be available to individuals of all ages affected by a mental disorder. Therefore, CAP’s objective is to rally public and government support towards the implementation of psychotherapy services within the public healthcare system. Click HERE for more information about CAP.
This is a 5km walk that increases public awareness about mental health. Since 2009, Montreal Walks For Mental Health has helped fight the stigma about mental illness. The 5th annual Walk took place on Sunday, October 20th, 2013. Stay tuned for information about next year’s Walk! Please click HERE for more information.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada was established in 2007 as an independent, non-for-profit organization funded by the government of Canada.
According to the 10-year Health Canada funding agreement, the Commission will undertake three major initiatives:
-Develop a Mental Health Strategy for Canada
-Create a national Knowledge exchange Centre
-Implement a national anti-stigma/anti discrimination initiative.
The Vision of the Commission is:
A society that values and promotes mental health and helps people living with mental health problems and mental illness to lead meaningful and productive lives.
The Mission of the Commission is:
To promote mental health in Canada and change the attitudes of Canadians towards mental health problems and mental illness, and to work with stakeholders to improve mental health services and support.
NEW in 2013: The Mental Health Commission of Canada has released National Guidelines to support caregivers to someone with a mental illness. Click HERE for details.
They have also launched COLLABORATIVE SPACES; an online repository and conversation place for mental health in Canada. Click HERE to check it out.
Partners for Mental Health is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the way we think about, act towards, and treat mental health. This website has a wealth of information about battling stigma and features personal stories about mental illness and mental health. Pledge your support HERE to improve mental health in Canada!