Canadian Programs for Mental Health today
Even though it is often overlooked as a part of health, mental health is just as important as physical health. For this reason, there are many Canadian programs that serve the purpose of raising awareness for mental health or offering assistance to those who need it. The following is just a few programs that are available to Canadians.
The Workplace Mental Health Program is dedicated to promoting mental health in the workplace. Mental health issues can cost companies a great deal of money, as well as interfere significantly with workplace productivity. As such, the Workplace Mental Health Program offers the yearly Bottom Line Conference for everyone's benefit, in addition to presentations and an e-learning module for stress management.
The Suicide Bereavement Program offers a multitude of services to people who have lost a loved one to suicide. This is a trying time for any family member or friend of the deceased individual, and as such, this program offers psycho-educational support
groups, group and individual counseling, debriefings for professionals and
community groups, and information-providing presentations.
The Post Discharge Transition Program serves individuals who have mental illnesses and are in the process of recovering. These people have been inpatients in the hospital and are now making the transition back into living in mainstream society. The Program provides them with supported housing if they have not met criteria to be able to live in other supported housing agreements. The goal is to transition people into housing within six months while helping them develop or redevelop their independent living skills.
The Family Support Program provides services to family members of individuals with
mental illness. While the individual is the one going through it, it is stressful for loved ones as well. The Program offers individual and family counseling, a drop-in peer support group, telephone and email support/referrals, and access to a psycho-educational group that can help the people understand the illnesses (Capable Carers).