October 14, 2021

A recent public inquiry into mental health in Canada revealed a significant disconnect between the mental health profession and the public.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Mental Health and Addictions, led by a former judge, has been calling for more accountability and transparency in mental health services and practices, but the response from public bodies has been slow to follow through.

In a survey conducted for the Royal Commission, researchers asked Canadians about how they felt about their mental health care and found that only 16 per cent were satisfied with the way their mental healthcare was handled by their local mental health agency.

The commission is currently examining ways to improve services for people with mental illness and is expected to deliver its findings by the end of 2018.

A spokesperson for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) told CBC News that they are “open to and actively engaged” with the commission and are hoping to collaborate with them to better inform the public on how to improve mental health outcomes for the mental healthcare system.

Mental health care is an ongoing process and can be affected by a number of factors, including: changing technology