STATEMENT: The Canadian Mental Health Association, Nova Scotia Division [CMHA NS Division] was pleased to see the strong references to mental health care in the Speech from the Throne delivered by Lt.-Gov. Arthur LeBlanc on October 12,2021.
Through the speech, the provincial government has committed to investing in universal mental health care, to reduce wait times for treatment, attract new mental health professionals, and work to remove the stigma associated with mental health concerns and treatment.
We commend the federal government for investing in mental health care and shoring up vital social supports that will put good mental health within closer reach for more people. A mentally healthy population is key to our province’s economic recovery from COVID-19.
While CMHA NS applauds this much-needed support, we underline that our mental health system has seen decades of chronic underfunding.
We look forward to working with the provincial government to ensure there is increased and sustained funding directed to community-based mental health organizations that address parity, equity, early intervention and the social determinants of health, including housing and poverty, to support the mental well-being of all Nova Scotians.
About the Canadian Mental Health Association Nova Scotia Division
Founded in 1908, CMHA NS is the most established, most extensive community mental health organization in Canada. Through a presence in 36 communities across the province, CMHA NS provides advocacy and resources that help to prevent mental health problems and illnesses, support recovery and resilience, and enable all Nova Scotians to flourish and thrive.
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Erin Christie, (She/Her/Elle)
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