Let's do more than talk about Mental Health! Tell the government to cover it.

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With many Mental Health awareness initiatives around, what's the next step?

From awareness we move towards taking action. Let's take action on getting mental health services covered by MSP. 

Currently you can get medical treatment for a cough, but if you are depressed, plagued with anxiety, or want to kill yourself, you need to pay to get help.

C'mon Canada! We can do better than that. We live in a beautiful country who's health care system is coveted by many nations around the world so, let's be a leader on this issue. Let's do more than talk about mental health, let's take action and give people the services they need to get well.

According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, "By the time Canadians reach 40 years of age, 1 in 2 have—or have had—a mental illness." So whether you're the person who is ill or has some kind of relationship with them, we are all affected.
More stats and government sources on this here: https://www.camh.ca/en/driving-change/the-crisis-is-real/mental-health-statistics

Whether you can't get out of bed in the morning because of the flu, or because of depression, you should be able to get the help you deserve, the help you've paid for with your taxes. And we shouldn't be waiting until we can't get out of bed or commit suicide. Prevention is key, and that prevention means available support and services.

Mental health is also linked to drug abuse, which widely revered addiction expert Dr. Gabor Maté has written much about. You can read some of his work here.  
So as we've seen the tragic death toll of Fentanyl rise in Canada, we need to take action to help people before they get addicted to drugs as a form of self medication from abuse, trauma and emotional wounds. Mental health services are a vital component in addressing drug addiction and overdoses.

This is the current list of services unavailable to British Colombians, with counselling and psychology not currently offered: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/health-drug-coverage/msp/bc-residents/benefits/services-not-covered-by-msp

To our Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor, and BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, please hear our plea to have mental health services covered by MSP. Counselling, psychology, and other mental health alternative practices such as meditation classes are recommended and requested.

October 10th is World Mental Health Day. In honour of that, sign your name and let’s get as many signatures as we can in the next 30 days!

Thank you.