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Alberta tackles mental health with new online questionnaire

Alberta's Department of Health has launched a Mental Health Review questionnaire to collect inputs from Albertans on how to improve the lives of those living with addiction and mental health challenges.


September 25, 2015
By Massage Therapy Canada staff

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The Mental Health Review is being co-chaired by Dr. David Swann, Liberal leader and MLA for Calgary-Mountain View, and Danielle Larivee, MLA for Lesser Slave Lake. Both have health backgrounds and a passion for the well-being of Albertans. Tyler White, CEO for Siksika Health Services, which is affiliated with Treaty 7 Management Corporation, has joined the Mental Health Review as a third committee member.

“Working with Dr. Swann as co-chair for this review has been a privilege so far, and we are both excited to have Tyler White join us to share his knowledge and experience, and to help expand our understanding and perspective,” said Larivee. “We need to hear from all Albertans about mental health and addiction for individuals and families. Everyone, regardless of who they are, or where they live, needs to feel respected and cared for, and be able to receive the support they need. This review will help us achieve that.”

The Mental Health Review questionnaire, available online, will help the committee develop immediate actions for improvement. Online feedback is a key part of the mental health review. It will help ensure that as many people as possible have the chance to provide input into the review and identify opportunities in the addiction and mental health system for improvement, the Department of Health said in a statement.

Tyler White will help inform the committee about addiction and mental health issues and opportunities for First Nations, Metis and Aboriginal people and communities, and assist in developing recommendations that impact these communities.

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“An effective mental health system will only be successful if it actively supports First Nations, M├ętis and Aboriginal people and communities and recognizes their unique needs,” White said.

The online questionnaire is open until Friday, October 23, and the report and recommendations will be presented to government by the end of the year.


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