NDP to improve mental health care for young Canadians: Morrison

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To recognize Mental Illness Awareness Week, NDP Candidate Skip Morrison visited Sault College Thursday to talk about the NDP’s plan to improve mental health care for youth.

Morrison met with students on campus who were raising awareness on the issue.

“Nearly 1.5 million Canadians under the age of 24 who are affected by mental illness do not receive access to appropriate support, treatment or care,” Morrison said. “We know that addressing mental health concerns for children and youth reduces the incidence of serious mental health issues later, which reduces costs and strain on provincial healthcare systems.”

To support provinces and territories in the delivery of quality mental health services to young Canadians and their families, an NDP government will establish a $100 million Mental Health Innovation Fund for Children and Youth aimed at wait-time reduction and improved care.

The Mental Health Innovation Fund includes:

• $10 million per year for research and enhanced healthcare collaboration across the country;
• $15 million per year for healthcare providers and community mental health associations to implement best practices for wait-time reductions for better care.
• A special emphasis on high-risk populations in First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, as well as Canadians in rural and remote communities, and youth transitioning from foster care.

“Only the NDP has a comprehensive plan to improve health care in Canada, including mental health care. These commitments go hand-in-hand with our plans to fund more doctors and nurses, and to build another 200 clinics across the country,” said Morrison.