October 10th, 2015

Mulcair plan includes strong commitments on mental health

On World Mental Health Day, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair highlighted the NDP’s commitments to improve mental health services for Canadians and their families. The NDP’s comprehensive plans to improve health care include new funding for mental health and action on aging-related diseases.

“Stephen Harper has left important health issues like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease without resources or leadership, just as the number of Canadians living with the conditions is expected to double,” said Mulcair. “And every child in Canada should have access to high quality, effective mental health treatment when they need it and that wasn’t the case during Mr. Harper’s lost decade.”

Only the NDP has committed to meeting the 6% escalator for health funding over the next four years. Both the Conservative and Liberal plans promise cuts to health care of billions of dollars.

Mulcair said an NDP government will create a Mental Health Innovation Fund for Children and Youth focused on Indigenous communities, as well as Canadians in rural and remote communities; and will expand efforts around suicide prevention.

“Problems with wait times and access to health services started under the Liberals and Stephen Harper has done no better,” said NDP Leader Tom Mulcair. “Our vision for health care, where you need it, when you need it, includes a major effort to lower the impact of mental illness on Canadians and their families, as well as deliver universal comprehensive prescription drug coverage.”

The NDP has a bold vision for health care and will work with provinces and territories to ensure enhanced screening, early diagnosis and treatments are in place to improve the lives of patients and their families.