Mental Illness Awareness Week was celebrated by PSR RPS Canada by participating in Parliament Hill activities.
As a member of the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH), PSR RPS Canada representative Vicky Huehn joined her colleagues in visiting senators and members of parliament to provide information on mental health issues and the priorities of the national group.
These priorities are:
Mental Health Parity (funding for mental health should be on par with physical health)
Increased funding equals increased access
Emphasis on team-based services
For more information on the CAMIMH work, go to CAMIMH website
Vicky had meetings with Senators Dan Christmas and Dave Richards as well as Member of Parliament, Marilyn Gladu from Sarnia-Lambton.
She also met with two staffers from the office of Francesco Sorbara M.P. He strongly supports CAMIMH and continues to be a champion for us.
Later in the afternoon of October 2nd, the Speaker of the House Geoff Regan, hosted a reception for all members of parliament and senators as well as members of CAMIMH to acknowledge the importance of the Mental Illness Awareness Week.