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Prime Minister shares family’s experience of mental health issues

January 28, 2016

Trudeau-BLT-960x380-2Prime Minister Justin Trudeau candidly shared his personal experiences of mental health issues with CTV’s the Social this week.

Trudeau’s mother, Margaret, is a prominent advocate for mental health issues and has spoken openly about her experience living with depression and bipolar disorder.

“I got to see the resilience and the strength that comes through not always being externally super, and all put together, and everything, but being vulnerable and being open and demonstrating a real core resilience and strength,” Trudeau said of his mother.

The Prime Minister also spoke of his goal to work with the provinces to improve mental health services across the country.

“The federal government needs to show some leadership around healthcare,” he said. “We need to get to where Canadians have access to high quality mental health services and support.”

Canadians strongly believe that mental health must be a funding priority for all governments, according to a recent poll conducted by Nanos Research and commissioned by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). The poll also shows that Canadians, like CMHA, support a federally-funded Mental Health Transition and Innovation Fund to help provinces and territories better meet mental health and addiction needs.

A Mental Health Transition and Innovation Fund could help provinces increase mental health spending to 9% of their health care budget and social care spending by 2% above current levels. These are recommendations by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, in its 2012 mental health strategy. The fund would be used to better plan for and integrate mental health care in primary health care settings; establish acceptable wait times for community mental health services; or set standards for accessing evidence-informed services and supports that we know help people.

Visit our #GETLOUD for increased mental health funding campaign page to find out how you can make a difference to mental health services in Canada.

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