Quebec government launches 5-year plan to improve mental-health services

by mikeelkeslassy on November 4, 2015 - 9:36pm

Mental health is an issue that is becoming more and more popular in today’s society. The government has taken Mental Health very seriously pledging to give an extra 70 million dollars of the 1.2 billion dollars that the government budgets for Mental Health annually. “Mental health care should not be neglected,” Barrette said,(Minister of Health). According to the government, they’re plan is to raise awareness about mental health in many ways. This plan includes starting to have psychologists at family medicine clinics, subsidized housing for people suffering from major mental health illness’s. Mr Barrette has also stated the fact that it is easier for people to get medication for their mental health issue then psychotherapy which has proven to be a lot more effective over the long run. At the same time, he would like for teenagers in high school with mental health issues to be followed after the age of 18 in order to make sure that the treatments are effective. According to the government 30 to 50 percent of homeless people do suffer from a mental health issue and they would like to have more services available for these people to get treated. At the same time there was a campaign which started on October 18th that focusses on anxiety disorders. This whole campaign was created in order for take away the stigma related to accessing these services. Therefore the government is hopeful that this plan will convince Quebecers to use these services and get treated if they feel symptoms of a mental health disorder. In my opinion, this plan proves effective because the problem is that the stigma of admitting that you have a mental health issue is so high that most people often do not do anything about it until they commit suicide. This is why, the health ministry is putting a lot of emphasis on this issue because if there is early diagnosis then the problem in the long run is a lot easier to deal with. In the end, I believe that this campaign will in fact improve mental health services in the province.

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I am happy to learn that our government is taking the issue of mental health seriously and investing in it so to help those affected by it. If you are interested in volunteering with an organization that will teach you more about mental health I recommend you look into the Revivre organization. Revivre is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to help those living with anxiety, depressive or bipolar disorders, and their loved ones”. They offer various workshops that are available to sign up on their website http://www.revivre.org/. If you are interested in volunteering for this foundation you can call 514-529-3081 post 221, or you can email benevolat@revivre.org.