Remind your MP that mental health care matters!
By now, few of us will have been able to escape being inundated with news snippets about the upcoming election.
So far, each leader has done a lot of talking. Michael Ignatieff, leader of the Liberal Party speaks of Stephen Harper’s “politics of fear” and Stephen Harper talks about the dangers of a coalition of Liberals, NDP and Bloc Quebecois. Both Jack Layton and Michael Ignatieff want voters to think of them as champions of health care and to think of Stephen Harper as a threat the universal healthcare. Gille Duceppe of the Bloc Quebecois portrays himself as the champion of Quebecers and Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party, is still trying to get a seat at the table after being excluded from the televised debates.
But amidst the “political speak” that is running rampant, commentators note that the leaders of all parties often neglect to directly address issues effecting the lives of Canadians. Psychological care is one issue that no politician is talking about right now, even though twenty percent of Canadians will experience mental illness and every Canadian can benefit from maintaining positive mental health.
Whether you are a psychologist or a community member that wants to promote a healthier community, the BC Psychological Association encourages people to reach out to their local politicians to let them know that mental health matters to you. Who knows, maybe we can turn mental health care into a campaign issue. How refreshing it would be to see a political party that included improved access to effective psychological care by Registered Psychologists as part of its five point platform!
-- Michael Mandrusiak, Psy.D., R.Psych. #1803