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Kirby Committee releases three reports relating to mental health, mental illness and addiction
For immediate Release (November 23, 2004 - Toronto) - The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) applauds the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology (Kirby Committee) for their work in putting a national spotlight on mental health, mental illness and addiction through the three reports released today.

Mental illness and addiction have long been the orphans of the health care system. This first national report on mental illness and addiction is an encouraging sign that these health issues are starting to get the attention they deserve.

It's clear that these reports reflect a consultative process that has been inclusive of patients, families as well as health care providers. CAMH is pleased that the report includes a recognition of the impact of mental illness and addiction, the need for reform and action, and the importance of supports that fall outside the traditional health system - housing, social support, income and employment.

CAMH has spokespeople available to comment on the report including:
- Dr. David Goldbloom, Senior Medical Advisor, Education and Public Affairs
- Dr. Paul Garfinkel, President and CEO
        - Rena Scheffer, Director, Public Education and Information Services

CAMH is a Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization Collaborating Centre and a teaching hospital fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.  

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For more information or to set up an interview, please contact: Sylvia Hagopian, CAMH Media Relations Coordinator, 416-595-6015.
 
The report is available at the following link: http://www.parl.gc.ca/38/1/parlbus/commbus/senate/com-e/soci-e/rep-e/repintnov04-e.htm​
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