We believe action in these five areas will lead to better mental health in British Columbia

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.
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We believe action in these five areas will lead to better mental health in British Columbia
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