Taking Charge: Pathways to Owning Your Mental Health
Where is the money going?
A new national program designed to help people with mental illnesses and addictions TAKE CHARGE of their own mental health.
Healthy Minds Canada is currently working towards launching a brand new nationwide program designed to help Canadians who have either been recently diagnosed AND/OR beginning to think about getting help.
Through Taking Charge – Pathways to owning your own mental health, HMC is taking a pioneering step forward in the creation of in-person and on-line opportunities for people to learn and share their own struggles, successes, set-backs, lessons, hopes, fears, and coping skills as they chart their own pathways to a healthy and productive life WITH a mental illness or addiction. It is being created with people with lived experience, medical professionals and treatment providers, other mental health organizations, academic institutions and hospitals, and community mental health advocates.
A patient’s understanding of their medications is vital to a satisfactory patient experience and treatment follow through. HMC has come across numbers indicating that only 35% of patients knew the side effects of their medication. Up to 50% of patients leave their doctor’s offices not knowing what they were told and, even worse, almost 90% have trouble following advice on taking medications properly and getting important tests. Clearly, communication between the caregiver delivering the medication and the patient who receives it must improve.
The goal is to foster the dialogue between community-based organizations, national organizations, individuals with lived experience, and treatment providers by educating and empowering people to better understand their own mental health and wellness treatment options.
The Taking Charge Symposia will consist of full-day workshops in universities and teaching hospitals and cover the following three topics:
1) Mental Illness
2) Addiction (alcohol, substance, or process)
3) Mental Wellness (relapse prevention and lifestyle balance).
Each symposium will be free of charge and be held in 10 cities across Canada. Each will be recorded for later viewing. Highlights will also be condensed, edited, and made available on Healthy Minds Canada’s web site.
How you can help
If you are with a company, foundation, or organization that would like to inquire about partnership opportunities, please e-mail Katie W. Robinette at [email protected]://healthymindscanada.ca
If you would like to donate $20 or more to help launch this exciting new program, please click here.
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