A pat on the shoulder to an administration that has paid more lip service than anything else to the issue of Mental Health in our province.
Newly minted Health Minister Paul Davis (who would have been the Conservative's best shot at holding onto power) announced $900,000 in funding to address the issues related to the stigma of Mental Health.
"Understanding Changes Everything" is the message of a new campaign designed to tackle the elephant in the room that is the stigma associated with being diagnosed with a mental illness.
Education is very important. People need to know that mental health illnesses are not signs of weakness ,or laziness, or poor character. They are no different than things like diabetes, cancer and other physical ailments. They can be treated and people afflicted by them can continue to be full participants in the workforce and our communities.
If you have some time, check out the website for the program. Some of the information and statistics about the extent of mental illnesses in our society are startling. For example, did you know that 500,000 people in this country are at home today, absent from work because of mental illness or an addiction?
Fear of being judged or misunderstood because of the stigma associated
with mental illness and addictions prevent many people from talking
about what they are experiencing and from getting the help they need.
Now, Mr. Davis, what can you do to decrease wait lists for those who need help?