It's okay to not be okay.
The world is different post COVID-19, and while mental health concerns were top of mind for our Party prior to the pandemic, we are even more focused now. We see job losses, financial uncertainty, reduced social interactions, increased substance abuse, domestic violence, and so many other pressures and situations piling on to people.
Statistics suggest that at least one in five individuals experience issues related to their mental health - and we know that the numbers are climbing.
Thousands of Nova Scotians of all ages, backgrounds and communities, struggle with mental health conditions that are likely manageable - if they have access to appropriate support.
But the support is too often elusive. Instead, They are being penalized by bad government policy. Government is failing them.
For me, making sure that they have access to regular, reliable, publicly-funded mental health and addictions support is not politics. It’s personal.
Progressive Conservatives are committed to modernizing our province when it comes to mental healthcare, both with the services we provide - and the approach we take to providing them.
Our plan includes:
- A separate department dedicated to mental health and addictions.
- Opening billing codes to allow private practitioners to deliver their service to everyone.
- A 24/7 mental-telehealth service.
- A 9-8-8 mental health crisis line, separate from 9-1-1.
- Attracting new mental health professionals to Nova Scotia.
- Increased training options for health professionals and educators.
Nova Scotia cannot continue to treat mental health and addictions like a niche problem that affects somebody else’s child, or happens to the people you hear about on the news.
Treating depression is just as important as treating physical ailments, and having support for addictions will save lives the same way as having surgery for an appendectomy.
We can’t afford to do nothing. The McNeil Liberals have tried that.
Mental health care IS health care - And access to mental health care is a right, not a privilege. As a province, we must mobilize our collective resources now. Above all else, that is what our plan does.
For the the government to provide mental health care, it must be:
- Free of Stigma for those who need it.
- Accountable to those who rely on it.
- And Universally Accessible for those who cannot afford it.
That is why we are committing to build the most progressive mental health support system in Canada. A PC government will not only acknowledge the challenges faced by those living with mental health concerns, we will embrace them and establish a system that makes treating mental ailments the same as treating physical ones.