CMHA is pleased to be collaborating with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) on an open letter to the Ministers of Health. As key mental health organizations in Canada, we are speaking with a united voice for increased and targeted mental health funding in the Health Accord.
Canada’s leading mental health organizations are prevailing upon the provinces and territories and the federal government to work together to reshape our broken system that sees, for example, many Canadians experiencing soaring treatment wait-lists.
- This year, one in five people in our country will experience a mental health problem – that’s 6.7 million Canadians.
Targeted mental health funding, tied to measurable outcomes, must be part of the new Health Accord.Without an infusion of new dollars, help for mental illness will remain a privilege, well outside the grasp of some of the most vulnerable populations.
- We must invest in prevention, access to early intervention, psychotherapies, collaborative community mental health and e-mental health.
Of the billions we spend on health care in Canada, only about seven percent goes to mental health.
- The UK’s National Health Service spends more than 13 percent.
- According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Canada’s relatively small investment puts us near the back of the pack among developed countries.
CMHA national has drafted and will be making a submission to the Federal, Provincial, and Territorial First Ministers, endorsing a Health Accord that increases investment in mental health. The submission calls for a whole-of-government approach to mental health and a tiered model of funding for mental health and social services. It will be available shortly.
To read more about this collaboration please visit CAMH’s more formalized post HERE.
Please stay tuned as we will have a copy of the proposed Health Accord soon.