Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann and Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan have released the following joint statement on Mental Health week:
“We are lending our voices to Mental Health Awareness Week with thousands of Albertans in the “Get Loud” campaign. “Getting Loud” means normalizing Mental Health and addiction issues. We should deal with these issues as we would any other medical condition. Stigma around Mental Health impairs people’s ability to openly and honestly talk about these issues. It also hampers them seeking needed treatment and solutions.
Albertans around the province are working to end stigma. We are fighting for better Mental Health policies. That includes new emphasis on peer support and counseling for mental distress and addictions.
The NDP Government spends less than 5% of Alberta’s Health budget on Mental Health. Alberta Liberals believe more should be done. We believe addressing long waitlists for children and youth is a priority.
Investing in preventative medicine like mental health will not only help Albertans but save our health care system and society money in the long run as well.
“Get Loud” for ourselves, our families, and our friends.
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