Canada needs to include Mental Health Services in Universal Health Care

Canada needs to include Mental Health Services in Universal Health Care

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Keith de Silvia-Legault started this petition to House of Commons and

According to CMHA, 1 in 5 Canadians will experience mental health issues. Over 4000 Canadians will die by suicide every year. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for children and young adults. According to YMHC, less than 20% of young people with mental health issues will receive appropriate treatment.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, people's mental health issues have only been exasperated. There have been initiatives in recent years to encourage people to admit they have a mental health issue and seek help, however, once they make the decision to seek help, they are met with a new issue. The costs of mental health services are incredibly expensive. The average cost of therapy in Canada be anywhere between $50 - $200 per session. In many cases, Canadians simply can't afford therapy as the prices are too high.

This petition is asking the federal government, the House of Commons, and all federal party leaders to create legislation to incorporate mental health services in the Canada Health Act. This will cause provinces to incorporate mental health services in their provincial health insurance plans. As the current government is a minority government this will need to be a multi-partisan effort in order to work, so this petition asks for all federal parties to work together to create this legislation.

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