On June 29, 2011, the Government of Manitoba released their five-year mental health strategy Rising to the Challenge: A strategic plan for the mental health and well-being of Manitobans. The strategy was accompanied by $400,000 to implement new initiatives, including a trauma resource centre to strengthen Manitoba’s mental health services.
ising to the Challenge aims to improve Manitobans’ mental health through six key points: mental health and well-being; access to services; innovation and research; social inclusion; family participation; and workforce development. The plan draws on the importance of all stakeholders for implementation: government, regional health authorities, mental health facilities, service organizations, schools and workplaces, private and public sectors, individuals, family members and communities.
The strategic plan was developed with the support of a 20-member provincial advisory group that provided initial advice to the government. The development process also included consultations with mental health consumers, family members, service providers and policy-makers from across the province.
To read “Rising to the Challenge: A strategic plan for the mental health and well-being of Manitobans” June 2011, visit the Government of Manitoba website at www.gov.mb.ca.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada released a statement on the Manitoba strategy on June 29, 2011, available via Canadian NewsWire atnewswire.ca.