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“I stand with CMHA BC in calling for a system of care that values mental health and addiction as equal to physical health.”

2,064 SIGNATURES
Goal: 2,500
Let’s change the way we think about mental health and addictions.

There is an opportunity in front of us to improve mental health and addiction care in British Columbia. We currently pay for a system of care in the most expensive ways possible. People wait too long for care and too many people get their care from emergency departments and police. We can offer proven choices and support to help people recover and keep people connected in communities.

We believe action in these five areas will lead to better mental health in our province

  • Focus on prevention and early intervention
  • Build an accessible addictions healthcare system
  • Strengthen recovery closer to home
  • Improve crisis care
  • Lead change in mental health and addiction

The CMHA BC manifesto outlines these principles for change – but we need your support to put these principles into action and make better mental health a reality. Join us in calling for sweeping change that will value mental health as equal to physical health. 

Sign the manifesto.

We don’t wait until Stage 4 to intervene for cancer, so why do we wait to treat mental illness and addiction?

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We believe action in these five areas will lead to better mental health in British Columbia
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  • We must spend smart and invest wisely in effective community-based services and supports designed to prevent mental illness and intervene quickly with the early signs of mental health and addictions problems.
  • We must work together to make sure people do not have to wait for months to receive a basic level of mental health and/or addictions help. People should be able to “ask once and get help fast.”1

1The Scottish Association for Mental Health (2016)

  • We must focus on building a standardized, compassionate, and evidence-based system of care, for people living with addictions problems.
  • We must level the playing field and ensure people have just as much access to mental health and addictions health care as physical health care.
  • We must strengthen the safety net for the most vulnerable members of our community, living with mental health and/or addiction problems.
  • We must build and implement a provincial housing strategy to ensure more people living with mental health and/or addictions problems have a safe place to call home.
  • We must continue to work together to reduce the number of suicides in British Columbia.
  • We must ensure a reduction in the use of police, emergency departments, and the justice system as treatment for people living with mental health and/or addiction problems.
  • We must have a province-wide plan for mental health and addictions, for both young people and adults that extends beyond two political terms.
  • We must enable leadership and accountability through the appointment of a dedicated cabinet Minister of Mental Health and Addictions with a dedicated budget.
It's time we value mental health and addiction equally to physical health. Sign the @cmhabc #b4stage4 manifesto:
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It's time we value mental health and addiction equally to physical health. Sign the @cmhabc #b4stage4 manifesto:
It's time we value mental health and addiction equally to physical health. Sign the @cmhabc #b4stage4 manifesto at b4stage4.ca