—Ottawa, ON, September 15, 2017—
On September 16, 2017, the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) will confer its highest civilian award, a President’s Commendation, to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in appreciation for his outstanding contribution to improving the mental health of Canadians.
“In both his private and public life, Prime Minister Trudeau has understood the importance of mental health and the need to find ways to improve access to a range of cost-effective mental health services,” said CPA President, Dr. Renuka Prasad. “His words, and more importantly, his actions consistently speak to the need for compassion and understanding for those who are suffering from mental illness.”
The prime minister will not be available to accept the award in person, which will be presented at the President’s Gala on the last evening of the CPA’s 67th Annual Conference in Ottawa.
Dr. Prasad praised the prime minister for recognizing the strategic importance of mental health in eight of his mandate letters to ministers, and more recently, for his $5 billion investment over the next 10 years towards a range of mental health initiatives.
“This level of investment for mental health is historic, and is a clear signal of the priority he places on our country’s mental health,” said Dr. Prasad. “He has made it clear that there can be no health without mental health.”
The Canadian Psychiatric Association is the national voice for Canada’s 5,200 psychiatrists and more than 900 psychiatric residents. Founded in 1951, the CPA is dedicated to promoting an environment that fosters excellence in the provision of clinical care, education and research.