When we first envisioned the first MH4A conference, we dreamed big. We imagined that if we could bring together leaders, researchers, people with lived experience and those working on the frontlines, the big tent would produce big ideas. And that is exactly what happened. About 470 delegates from across Canada packed the Toronto Hilton, filling the halls and the breakout rooms with the kind of excitement and energy you rarely see. We saw it, and we harnessed it. After two full conference days, delegates were a mix of exhausted and reinvigorated, as they returned home to implement and innovate.
And now, allow me to officially launch MH4A 2017 by opening up submissions for the program. The theme for 2017 is “It takes a nation”. We mean that we need the whole of government to transform mental health; we need a comprehensive approach that sees how Mental Health figures in all of our endeavours, in all of our social programs, across the lifespan, and across communities.
What is your piece of the whole? The conversation is more than academic: the country is ready for change, and that change is imminent.
Mental Health For All 2017. It takes a nation.
CMHA National CEO, Dr. Patrick Smith