ADD A SEMICOLON TO TRANSFORM OUR MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM; THERE IS STILL SO MUCH MORE TO DO
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ADD A SEMICOLON TO HELP TRANSFORM CANADA’S MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM; THERE IS STILL SO MUCH MORE TO DO
2017 marks the beginning of a new era for Friends of Mens Sana, a family-based, not-for-profit that provides innovative community services and support for adults with chronic mental illness.
At Mens Sana, our goal is to see all Canadians experiencing mental illness reach their full potential and participate as fully and independently as possible in their communities. Yet, after 25 years of tireless work to achieve this goal, we know that there is still so much more to do.
In literature, a semicolon is used when an author could’ve chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. On the contrary, it is used when the author wants to introduce an additional statement or explanation to the original sentence. In real life, for many people facing mental health challenges, a semicolon is chosen as a symbol of hope; for not ending their story; but to continue living it.
“The author is you and the sentence is your life.”
Amy Bleuel, who fought for better mental health services - after her own personal battle with depression - chose the semicolon tattoo as a symbol of hope to continue living. Sadly, Amy passed away at age 31 in March 2017. The semicolon (;) has become a powerful symbol for people with mental illness around the world.
It’s time to add a semicolon in to our Canadian Health Care System.
Today, Friends of Mens Sana, its members, families and circle of supporters have chosen to carry on; to do even more to achieve the greatest possible impact on the greatest number of Canadians living with mental illness. We have chosen to support one another in building a better mental health system; one that truly meets the needs of adults and families living with mental illness.
“Mental illness is quite simply the biggest unaddressed health challenge of our time…1 in 5 people in Canada live with mental health illness." - MHCC
HELP US SEND THE RIGHT HONOURABLE JUSTIN TRUDEAU, PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA, AND THE HONOURABLE GINETTE PETITPAS TAYLOR, MINISTER OF HEALTH, A MESSAGE OF HOPE; SIGN OUR PETITION TO INDICATE YOUR SUPPORT TO IMPLEMENT MHCC’S FRAMEWORK FOR A STRONG MENTAL HEALTH STRATEGY AND THE NEED TO:
1. MAKE REAL CHANGE HAPPEN: Highlight the unique needs and aspirations of people with lived experience - members, family and their circle of support.
2. SHARE THESE LIVED EXPERIENCES TO INFORM SHARED SOLUTIONS: Include all voices in the decision-making process at all levels across our country and systems.
3. ENSURE SERVICES FOR DIVERSE POPULATIONS AND COMMUNITIES: Address social determinants that impact mental well-being: inequality, poverty, precarious housing and living conditions.
4. ESTABLISH AN OPEN DIALOGUE ON PREVENTION AND EARLY DETECTION: Expand access to funded therapies, community-based services, education and promotion to tackle the stigma and shame associated with mental illness.
5. IMPROVE ACCESS FOR ALL: Ensure that the 1.6 million Canadians who currently report that their mental health care needs are unmet are being met, and open the doors to the public mental health care system to all Canadians.
6. CROWDSOURCE FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING: Improve collaboration across sectors, including health care, education, justice and corrections.
7. ENHANCE QUALITY OF LIFE AND OF PLACE: Increase the availability of adequate, affordable and stable housing with related supports that meet the needs of people with mental health problems and illnesses.
8. PROMOTE KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE: Increase the availability of programs, innovative tools and technology to maintain mental health and obtain help when experiencing problems and dealing with stress, including the unique stress of caregiving.
9. FOSTER UNIQUE WORKPLACES: Address mental health in the work place with HR plans that support improved access to services across the continuum of care, and monitor and report on progress.
10. INVEST WISELY: Make targeted investments in mental health care in federal, provincial, territorial and regional health budgets.
“For every dollar spent on providing psychotherapy to more people, $2 is saved in long and short term therapies. Investing in the early years can save the system nearly 25 per cent in publicly funded services per person.” - MHCC
Help us share this message. By signing this petition today, you will send the Government of Canada a semicolon; and a clear message about the need to improve our mental health care system.
Our next 25 years starts today - Inspired by those we serve, and by those who serve, Friends of Mens Sana is committed to "make a difference in the lives of the one in five Canadians who live with mental health problems and illnesses."
[NOTES AND REFERENCES]
Project Semicolon was founded in 2013 by Amy Bleuel to inspire and encourage people with mental illness to continue their life stories. The semicolon tattoo (;) has become a powerful symbol of hope and empowerment for people with mental illness around the world. Sadly, Amy died by suicide at age 31 in March 2017.
Facts, framework and statistics: Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC).
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