Mental health organizations urge openness on targeted federal funds OTTAWA – Three leading mental health organizations want provincial and territorial health ministers to be open to targeted federal investments. In a letter, the heads of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the Canadian Mental Health Association note that billions of dollars are spent on health, READ MORE

Mental illness afflicts about 20% of Canadians, gets 7% of health funding Mental health advocates are urging the federal government to make mental illness a priority in a new health accord with the provinces and territories. OTTAWA—The Trudeau government is being urged to make mental health a top priority as it negotiates a new health accord with the provinces and territories. Dr. Catherine Zahn, president of READ MORE

Grants help expand mental health care in Montreal area Nine mental health organizations in Montreal and Longueuil are receiving grants from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund. Quebec’s health minister Gaetan Barrette was on hand for the announcement this morning. More than $150,000 is being distributed between these organizations to help them expand their services and increase access to care in Greater Montréal.  READ MORE

Time to bolster Canada’s chronically under funded mental health system: advocates KEITH DOUCETTE Canada trails the pack when it comes to mental health funding levels among comparable industrially developed nations – but advocates say a promise from the federal government to improve services means the time is ripe to push for change. “Access to care is abysmal in most places throughout the country and of READ MORE