Toronto, Feb. 28, 2018: Today, Dr. Patrick Smith, National CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association, the most established and extensive community mental health organization in Canada, made the following statement in response to the federal budget:
The Canadian Mental Health Association commends the federal government on its strong, overarching theme of equality in Budget 2018. The emphasis on strengthening the economy while leveling the playing field will benefit women, new Canadians and Indigenous people.
CMHA also applauds the continued focus on supporting positive mental health for all. We are thrilled to see the government take an important leadership role in meeting the needs of underserved populations with targeted investments in healthy workplaces, housing, the opioid crisis, cannabis education, Indigenous mental health, veterans, inmates and corrections and public safety officers. There is no prosperity without health and there is no health without mental health.
We are pleased to acknowledge the federal government’s plans to create a national pharmacare advisory council to make sure we get the system right. While CMHA applauds efforts to ensure medications are affordable, we underline that the existing system in Canada does not offer equitable access to all types of medications and mental health supports as it is, and we cannot afford to further shrink the list of available treatment options. A fair, effective system will be affordable, while also ensuring that the broad range of innovative medications, especially those for depression, will be available to those who need them.
About the Canadian Mental Health Association
Founded in 1918, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is the most established, most extensive community mental health organization in Canada. Through a presence in more than 330 communities across every province, CMHA provides advocacy, programs and resources that help to prevent mental health problems and illnesses, support recovery and resilience, and enable all Canadians to flourish and thrive. For more information, visit www.cmha.ca
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