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Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)
Non-profit organization created to focus national attention on mental health issues and to work to improve the health and social outcomes of people living with mental illness. The Commission, while funded by the Government of Canada, is a national body, not a federal one. It has been endorsed by all levels of government, although the Commission operates at arms length from them.The Commission will concentrate on three key initiatives: launch of an anti-stigma campaign; promotion of the development of a national strategy; and creation of a Knowledge Exchange Centre.  
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Ages served: All ages
Languages served: English, French
Fees: None
Area Served: Canada

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Evergreen - Child and Youth Mental Health
One of the key initiatives of the Mental Health Commission of Canada is to develop a Mental Health Strategy for Canada. As part of the strategy the Child and Youth Advisory Committee of the Mental Health Commission of Canada is advancing the development of a framework specific to the needs of child and youth mental health.

The proposed framework, entitled Evergreen, will complement and provide a child and youth context to the Mental Health Strategy for Canada.

Evergreen is a collaborative project that will produce a framework to help improve policy and programming related to child and adolescent mental health across Canada.

The Evergreen framework will be constructed by professionals, youth, parents and members of the public from across Canada who have expertise, interest or experience with mental health and mental illness.
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Ages served: Up to 18 years
Languages served: English, French
Fees: None
Mental Health First Aid Canada (MHFA)
Mental Health First Aid Canada gives people the skills to provide that early help that is so important in recovery.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved.

The MHFA Canada program aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.

The program does not teach people how to be therapists. It does teach people how to:

■Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems.
■Provide initial help.
■Guide a person towards appropriate professional help.
MHFA shares the same overall purpose as traditional first aid – to save lives. It aims to:

■Preserve life where a person may be a danger to themselves or others.
■Provide help to prevent the mental health problem from developing into a more serious state.
■Promote the recovery of good mental health.
■Provide comfort to a person experiencing a mental health problem.
221-7 St Anne St.
St. Albert, AB, T8N 2X4 Map
Ages served: 18 years and up
Languages served: English, French, Participant course are 2 days; Instructor courses are 5 days
Fees: Yes
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