Creating the Strategy

The Strategy has been developed in two distinct phases. In 2009, the release of Toward Recovery and Well-Being: A Framework for a Mental Health Strategy for Canada by the Commission marked the completion of the first phase. The Framework put forward a vision and broad goals that reflect an emerging consensus spanning the diverse mental health community.

Drawing on the best available evidence and on input from thousands of people across Canada, Changing Directions, Changing Lives translates this vision into recommendations for action.  The scope of the Strategy is broad and its recommendations are grouped into six key Strategic Directions. Each Strategic Direction focuses on one critical dimension and together they combine to provide a comprehensive blueprint for change.