Changing Policies

Michael Kirby: Canada’s two-tiered mental health care – the Financial Post Oct. 28, 2013

Visit the new website created by Partners for Mental Health – Rightbyyou.ca You can sign a nation wide campaign (petition on site) calling on the Federal Government to do away with the two-tiered mental health care system. The Right By You campaign will generate greater awareness of the need for better access to youth mental health services, treatment and supports and calls on both the federal, provincial and territorial governments to take action to ensure our children have the help they need and deserve.

Suicide is the leading cause of non-accidental death among youth, ages 15 to 24, and the leading cause of death in children and adolescents ages 10-19 in First Nations populations. Canada’s youth suicide rate is higher than many other industrialized countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom. More disturbing is the fact that that one of the most important risk factors for suicide is the presence of an untreated mental disorder, which is the case in 90% of youth suicides.

Partners for Mental Health — a national, charitable organization dedicated to transforming the way Canadians think about, act towards, and support mental health in Canada — is launching a campaign called Right By You. The Right By You campaign will generate greater awareness of the need for better access to youth mental health services, treatment and supports and calls on both the federal, provincial and territorial governments to take action to ensure our children have the help they need and deserve.

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Former senator Michael Kirby is the board chair of Partners for Mental Health and the former board chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. To learn more about the Right by You campaign, go to Righhtbyyou.ca