Message from the President and CEO
Over 10 years, the MHCC has worked tirelessly to amplify the disparate voices in the mental health community, and to deliver on crucial initiatives, like Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada. This national effort, together with our world-class knowledge exchange centre and anti-stigma efforts, are slowly but surely helping to redress the disparity between mental health problems and physical illnesses.
At just 10 years of age, the MHCC is a relatively new partner within the Canadian mental health sector. With the benefit of a decade behind us, we have an enriched understanding of where we’ve been successful, and where the most urgent work still lies. These 10 years have also allowed us to gain a greater sense of cultural humility in our work to align with Indigenous partners.
As a pan-Canadian organization with a bird’s eye view of our patchwork of mental health services, the MHCC is uniquely positioned to shine a light on areas where resources may be scant.
Examples include our recent efforts to advance mental health outcomes among immigrant, refugee, ethno-cultural and racialized people as well as our work to improve mental health within unique workplaces, such as first responder communities and the healthcare sector. Equally crucial is our ability to convene stakeholders at a national level, as we did with our recent roundtable exploring policy considerations for expanding access to psychological services.
A bridge builder, a thought-leader and a trusted partner to governments of all levels, the MHCC is striving to create space to advance the issues and concerns that may otherwise fall through the gaps.
Rooted in the Mental Health Strategy for Canada, informed by the voices of lived experience, and guided by evidence-informed best practices, the MHCC is helping to hasten the pace at which research becomes policy. As one would expect, much of the work in our 10th year marks the culmination of a decade of effort.
This Annual Report is both a retrospective of the bridges we have built together with our stakeholder partners, and a celebration of the extraordinary advances we have seen in the last 10 years.
Today, as we move ahead with the 59 projects that represent our deliverables in the next two years, we do so knowing we have found our footing and are ready to stride forward.
President and CEO, MHCC