The BC legislature was recalled on June 22nd. A conciliatory Throne Speech was delivered on behalf of the Liberals, who won the most seats and sought the confidence of the House to form a minority government.
The landscape of BC politics has been altered. We have moved passed the days of divided partisanship on social issues, such as income assistance, housing, healthcare, and education. The Liberals are standing with the NDP and the Greens in a movement of progressive change that could mean great things for mental health and addictions.
The three parties have proposed a Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, an immediate response to the opioid crisis, investment in community-based services, and a renewed effort in reviewing the current state of mental health and addiction care to address the gaps in the system.
The 100 days that follow the formation of government are important: cabinet ministers will be chosen, the opposition selected, and the pressing issues within the province prioritized. Now is the time to amplify our voices to ensure our provincial leadership keeps mental health and addictions care top of mind.
The momentum we have gained thus far has been incredible. Through e-communications - newsletters, Facebook and Twitter - we reach almost 15000 people. Within that diverse network, spanning five different continents, 3018 people have taken action to become a supporter by signing the declaration or by using one of our other online tools.
- 2858 signed the b4stage4 declaration
- 2033 emailed, called, or tweeted provincial candidates
- 382 signed up to volunteer
- 22 shared their story of mental illness or addiction
We've also received 26 endorsements from a cross-section of professional associations, community organizations, private practitioners and government bodies, who have publicly announced their support and amplified our message to their networks.
Take a look at our map of accomplishments! The different pins represent: (1) a CMHA office, an on-the-ground hub for our collective efforts; (2) a b4stage4 endorser, one of the organizations who has signed on in support of our declaration; or (3) a b4stage4 supporter, someone who has taken action in support of our cause.
The b4stage4 movement is sweeping the province:
Please click on the icon in the upper left corner to interact with the content of the map.
Thank you for all of your support. Thank you for your passionate commitment to better mental health in our province.
We're so grateful to have supporters like you by our side as we take the next step. There are still so many ways you can continue to be involved:
Let's remain together in calling for a system of care that values mental health and addiction care as equal to physical health care.