Government Of Canada Announces More Money For Mental Health
Mental health is a crucial aspect of overall health, but it is often overlooked and misunderstood. In Canada, mental health issues are prevalent, with one in five Canadians experiencing mental health or addiction problems in any given year. Moreover, 70% of these problems have their origins in childhood.
The Canadian government has recognized the importance of mental health and has taken steps to address the issue. Over the past decade, the government has put resources in place to help those struggling with mental health issues, especially children.
One such initiative is the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) investment in nearly $5 million in 25 research projects to examine existing standards, best practices, and guidelines for the delivery of mental health and substance use services for children, youth, and young adults. This investment aims to ensure that the national mental health and substance use service standards that are being developed in the provinces and territories are grounded in evidence.
According to Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, “As we work to improve Canada’s universal health care system, children, youth, and young adults deserve access to the highest quality of mental health and substance use care no matter where they live in Canada. Today’s investment will ensure that the national mental health and substance use service standards that are being developed with provinces and territories are grounded in evidence.”
The government’s efforts are especially important considering that currently, fewer than 20% of the 1.2 million children experiencing mental health issues are receiving appropriate treatment and care. This means that there is a significant gap in mental health care for children, and the government’s investment is a step towards bridging that gap.
Moreover, the government has also taken steps to reduce the stigma around mental health. In 2009, it launched a nationwide anti-stigma campaign called “Opening Minds.” This campaign aimed to change attitudes towards mental health and encourage Canadians to have open and honest conversations about mental health.
The government has also implemented the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) to coordinate national efforts to improve mental health care. The MHCC works with stakeholders from all sectors to create a comprehensive and coordinated mental health system that is accessible, effective, and sustainable.
By bringing the issue of mental health out into the open and encouraging people to talk about it, the government is helping to destigmatize mental illness and to make it more acceptable for Canadians can access the care they need.
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