How was the Strategy written?

The Commission has drawn on the experience, knowledge and advice of thousands of people across the country in the course of drafting Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada. In particular, the content of the Strategy has been shaped by the testimony of people living with mental health problems and illnesses and their families. Regional dialogues, online surveys, roundtables on key topics, and consultation groups have engaged them, as well as people representing the diverse mental health stakeholder community, including government officials, service providers, researchers, and National Aboriginal Organizations.

Changing Directions, Changing Lives builds on the many excellent initiatives already underway across the country and reflects the findings of the many initiatives and projects undertaken by the Mental Health Commission since its inception. The Strategy reflects the concerns and aspirations of people from every part of the country. It provides a blueprint that is adaptable to the circumstances of every region and allows people from coast to coast to coast to become involved in bringing about change.