Changing Directions, Changing Lives is the first mental health strategy for Canada. Its purpose is to help improve mental health and well-being for all people living in Canada and to create a mental health system that can truly meet the needs of people of all ages living with mental health problems and illnesses and their families.

The publication of this document comes at a time of great opportunity and hope for mental health and represents the fulfillment of a key element of the mandate conferred upon the Mental Health Commission of Canada by the Government of Canada.

Changing Directions, Changing Lives draws on drawn on the experience, knowledge and advice of thousands of people across the country. It provides an opportunity for everyone’s efforts — large and small, both inside and outside the mental health system — to help bring about change.

The signs of progress are everywhere. Together we can create an unstoppable movement to improve mental health. We hope that you will join with us to make this happen. We challenge every Canadian to do what they can. Raise awareness. Talk to friends and neighbours. Take new mentally healthy actions at home, in school, and in the workplace.