Thursday, May 25, 2017

Mental Health and the Provincial Election

Within a few short days, Nova Scotians will be going to the polls once again for a Provincial election. All I can think about is who to vote for that will keep their campaign promises pertaining to mental health care funding. The last four years, Nova Scotia has seen a lot of blows when it comes to funding cuts to many programs and services that support and help people experiencing a mental health concern. Nova Scotia was already in a health care crisis, the last thing it needed was funding cuts and hospital ward closures. There should be MORE investing into mental health rather then it be taken away.

It is frustrating seeing so many people needing and wanting help but there simply is no where to turn. The wait lists seem to grow and grow each day and there is not much forward movement happening.  I honestly am not sure where to tell someone to go for help these days. Sure, the mental health services are there but there is that waiting period. The wait list is so discouraging and sure does a good job making a person feel hopeless and unimportant. By the time some people are called in for their appointment they are actually sicker than when they were first put on the list. Sadly, there are some that don't even make it and they die by suicide while waiting for the help that never came in time.

This should NOT be the way of how mental health care is in today's society. The World Health Organization predicted years ago mental illness would be the leading cause of disability worldwide by 2020. Well, the date came early and we are in that crisis now. If it was predicted years ago, why did not anyone listen and start a process to set up ahead of the issue so that the crisis would not be this severe? We live in a very wealthy country which can afford to put money into mental health yet for some reason this is not occurring. It is time for a change to take place and the government realizing that mental health programs and services matter and is so important to the people who live here.

So when you go to the polls, please consider mental health care being a key component to where you will put your vote this year.

To help you understand how severe hitting mental health issues are in the province, I have attached a couple news articles that help you see how wide spread the issue is.

Falling Through The Cracks
The Quiet Crisis of Mental Health Care In Nova Scotia

Make your vote count this election.

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