TORONTO, Oct. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, Partners for Mental Health and the Hon. Michael Kirby, former
Mental Health Commission Board Chair, launched the Right By You campaign to draw attention to the fact that Canada is failing to meet
the mental health needs of our children and youth with devastating
consequences like youth suicide. The campaign points out that better
mental health for Canadian children can be achieved for only $1,000 per
Only 25% of Canadian children who require mental health services receive
them today. The Right by You campaign calls for provincial governments to double the number of
children receiving mental health services, treatment and support by the
end of 2016.
The campaign also calls on the federal government to invest $100 million
over 4-years in a newly created National Youth Suicide Prevention Fund
("the Fund") to provide matching funds for youth suicide prevention
initiatives and programs across the country.
"After working on mental health reform in Canada for over a decade, I am
convinced the single most important issue facing the mental health
system is the two-tier system of care for children and youth needing
mental health services, treatment and support. We must address it
immediately" said the Hon. Michael Kirby.
In Canada, suicide is the leading cause of non-accidental death for
young Canadians. Every year there are approximately 762 young
Canadians, equivalent to the size of a small high school, who die by
suicide. Almost all of them will have a mental illness, such as
The Right By You campaign is designed to encourage Canadians to lend their voice and
take action to secure greater funding for children and youth mental
health services, treatment and support. Partners for Mental Health
believes every child and youth living in Canada should have access to
help as soon as the need arises, regardless of their family's ability
to pay for those services.
"There can be tragic consequences when we are unable to provide
sufficient mental health services, treatment and support to our
children and youth," said Simon Davidson, Chief, Department of
Psychiatry, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). "Being on
the front lines of this issue, I see the number of children needing
help increase year over year. The current funding and services
available are not able to meet the demand and we need governments to
act now. The lives of many children and youth in Canada depend on it."
About Partners for Mental Health
Partners for Mental Health is a national, charitable organization
dedicated to transforming the way we think about, act towards and
support mental health in Canada. Partners for Mental Health aims to
mobilize millions of Canadians to drive change by participating in
campaigns, events and activities including influencing policy,
volunteering and fundraising.
Learn more about the Right by You campaign and Partners for Mental Health.
SOURCE: Partners for Mental Health
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