Project Description

On Tuesday, June 9, 2015, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) released its new Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice, the first-ever Canadian reference document for understanding mental health recovery, promoting a consistent application of recovery principles across the country at a policy, program, and practice level. NISA’s own Executive Director, Shana Calixte was at the table in the development of these Guidelines, and is featured in the document’s foreword.

In it, Calixte writes, “We are in the midst of a powerful movement started by those with lived experience of mental illness who knew that there was some¬thing much more to life besides diagnoses and dire conclusions that nothing would get better – a movement that is gaining ground and changing lives. I am eager to see how these guidelines are embraced by all of us in mental health care.”

MHCC has released these Guidelines in order to accelerate the implementation of the recovery-oriented practices and enhance mental health outcomes and quality of life for all Canadians living with mental health problems and illnesses. The document is available for download from the MHCC’s website here: