Member Statement – Mental Health Week
Ms. Chartier: —Thank you, Mr. Speaker, May 7th to 13th marks the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Mental Health Week, an annual event that encourages Canadian people to reflect on all issues related to mental health. However, Mr. Speaker, reflecting is simply not enough. That’s why the theme for this year’s Mental Health Week is Get Loud. Mental health is about more than mental illness. One in five Canadians live with mental health problems, mental illness, or addiction. But the reality is, five in five of us have mental health, just like we all have physical health. We can all benefit from celebrating, promoting, and acknowledging the role that good mental health plays in living a full and meaningful life. Mr. Speaker, Saskatchewan is amongst the lowest of provinces funding mental health services as a percentage of the health budget. We have the lowest number of psychiatrists per capita in Western Canada, and our lack of access to proper mental health care in our rural and remote communities has led to a tragic and preventable epidemic of suicides in the North. This is why, Mr. Speaker, the Canadian Mental Health Association is encouraging Canadians to get loud by writing to their government representatives, speaking out on social media, and donating their time or money to mental health services. By using our voices, we can help create change and build mental health support for people across Canada, and here at home in Saskatchewan. Mr. Speaker, I ask that all members join me in recognition of National Mental Health Week, and in getting loud, raising awareness, and creating change for those suffering with mental health issues here in our province. Thank you.