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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.”

4,282 SIGNATURES
Goal: 6,000
Help us keep mental health and addiction top of mind in BC

Voting day has come and gone. The NDP-Green coalition has taken hold of the majority in the legislature. The new BC government has announced a Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, who will be responsible for establishing a dedicated Ministry to improve access to services and support across the province.

Now we have leadership in place. It's time to address the facts. 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 Access to an Addictions System of Care
  • Strengthen Recovery Closer to Home
  • Improve Crisis Care
  • Lead Change in Mental Health and Addiction

The CMHA BC declaration outlines these ideas for change – but we need your continued support to put these ideas into action. Join us in calling on provincial leadership to keep mental health and addictions top of mind.

Sign the declaration.

Every day British Columbians are joining the b4stage4 movement for a better system of care that values mental health and addiction as equal to physical health. The interactive map shows the locations of our supporters across the province. Click anywhere on the map to zoom in and find a community close to you!

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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
Click on each point below to learn more.

Actions we could take:

  • 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.
  • Reduce wait times for basic 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)

Actions we could take:

  • Focus on building a standardized, compassionate, and evidence-based system of care, for people living with addiction problems.
  • Level the playing field and ensure people have just as much access to mental health and addiction health care as physical health care.

Actions we could take:

  • Strengthen the safety net for the most vulnerable members of our community, living with mental health and/or addiction problems.
  • Build and implement a provincial housing strategy to ensure more people living with mental health and/or addiction problems have a safe place to call home.

Actions we could take:

  • Implement a suicide prevention strategy collaboratively with health, education, justice and community-based organizations.
  • Reduce the use of police, emergency departments, and the justice system as treatment for people living with mental health and/or addiction problems.

Actions we could take:

  • Develop and implement a province-wide plan for mental health and addiction, for both young people and adults that extends beyond two political terms.
  • Establish leadership and accountability through the appointment of a dedicated cabinet Minister of Mental Health and Addiction with a dedicated budget.
It's time we value mental health and addiction equally to physical health. Sign the @cmhabc #b4stage4 manifesto:
Canadian Mental Health Association #b4stage4
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 care equal to physical health care. Sign the @cmhabc #b4stage4 manifesto at b4stage4.ca