Reports on Mental Health, Mental Illness and Addiction

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing to follow up on the letter that was sent to you on November, 2004

The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology today released three reports that provide a comprehensive review of policies and programs relating to mental health, mental illness and addiction in Canada, as well as a comparison of the Canadian mental health system with that of several other countries.

The three reports are available at the following address:

The release of the three reports concludes the first phase of the Committee's study of mental health and addiction issues. The Committee will now undertake a period of consultation with Canadians in preparation for the drafting of its final report that will contain specific recommendations for reform. The final report is scheduled to be released in November of 2005.

The Committee is launching its public consultation with an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire on a few key issues relating to mental health, mental illness and addiction.
The questionnaire is available on the Committee's website, located at:
The Committee hopes that Canadians living with mental illness and addiction, as well as their families, will take this opportunity to make their views known to us.

The Committee is sensitive to the fact that issues relating to mental illness and addiction are both very personal and very private. Nevertheless, we hope that the possibility of responding anonymously to this online questionnaire will provide everyone with a means of participating in the Committee's consultation process.

On behalf of the Committee I ask for your assistance in publicizing our on-line questionnaire as widely as possible. Any help you can provide will be of great value to us.

The responses we receive will help to focus national attention on the long-neglected area of mental health. In particular, it will help the Committee to make recommendations to improve the range, quality and organization of services for the tens of thousands of Canadians who are living with mental disorders and addictions. By providing feedback respondents will be contributing directly to the development of public policy in Canada.

I very much hope that you and the members of your organization can help us in this important consultation.

Yours truly,
Senator Michael Kirby
Chair, Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and