Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness: Time for Action, Time for Change

Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness: Time for Action, Time for Change

The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) will once again lead Canada’s annual Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), a national public education campaign that aims to spotlight the barriers to accessing mental health and substance use health services for Canadians.

 

CAMIMH, alongside its member organizations and various advocates from across Canada, hosts MIAW during the month of October. This year’s theme, “Access For All: Time For Action, Time For Change,” highlights CAMIMH’s ongoing commitment to raise awareness about the impacts of mental and substance use health challenges, and push for positive change to address the inherent issues in the system. The campaign strives to cultivate a nation where everyone can access mental and substance use health care in a timely manner and free from any obstacles.

 

“Mental Illness Awareness Week sheds light on the lived experiences of our families, friends, and colleagues who cannot sufficiently access mental and substance use health resources. Canadians deserve a functional and barrier-free mental health system, ensuring that both mental health and substance use health is held to the same standards and level of importance as any other health service,” said Anthony Esposti, Co-Chair of CAMIMH.

 

Sourcing and promptly accessing publicly funded mental health care services is important to 90 per cent of Canadians, while 83 per cent agree that provincial governments should hire more mental health care providers to improve access to care. But as seen in CAMIMH’s second annual National Report Card survey, federal and provincial governments are getting a resounding ‘F’ from Canadians when it comes to providing mental health and substance use health care services.

 

“The theme for MIAW 2024 not only stresses the need for improved access to services, but it demands real action and a fundamental change to the mental and substance use health sector so every Canadian can receive quality evidence-based care,” said Florence Budden, CAMIMH Co-Chair. “Mental and substance use health is an after-thought, and it’s time to address the concerns that have long been raised. Access for all is imperative.”

 

CAMIMH encourages all Canadians to join the call for advancements in the mental and substance use health landscape, emphasizing the importance of removing the barriers that prevent Canadians from getting the timely help or support they need.

 

For more information on MIAW 2024, please click here.

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