Our vision is a simple one: to enable all people living in Canada to have the opportunity to achieve the best possible mental health and well-being. To achieve this we need a mental health system that:

  • Recognizes mental health as essential to our quality of life and draws on the best research and knowledge to help people address mental health problems and illnesses on a par with physical health challenges;
  • Offers everyone the hope and the possibility of recovery, supports families, and promotes the best possible mental health and well-being for the whole population;
  • Provides equitable access to a full range of high quality services, treatments and supports for all people, regardless of their origin, background, experience or circumstances;
  • Enables people confronting mental health problems and illnesses to be fully engaged citizens and active participants in all aspects of social and economic life.

Changing Directions, Changing Lives encourages all of us to become more engaged in improving mental health in Canada.  It is about working together – every government, every organization, every citizen – to take action and bring about change.