Raising awareness and promoting support for mental health issues is the goal of World Mental Health Day, observed annually on October 10. Today, people across the world are considering needs for support and services and finding ways to meet them.
In Manitoba, the needs are significant. Manitoba has the highest estimated proportion of people living with symptoms of mental or substance use disorders like depression, alcohol abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder.
“Under this NDP government too many Manitobans cannot get the supports they need. Compared to all but one other province, a higher percentage of people report their mental health care needs remain unmet,” said Opposition Leader Brian Pallister. “People in Manitoba should not be told to keep waiting for their well-being and recovery.”
One Winnipeg woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous, has been trying to get support for her mental health needs for months.
“You always hear get the help you need. Up until last month I was a productive working citizen paying my taxes and providing for my family,” she wrote in a letter to the PC Caucus. “I thought I could get the help I need, but sadly this is not the case. I understand now why so many people give up. When a situation already feels hopeless it is easy not to see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
All Manitobans deserve to have a light at the end of the tunnel by having their mental health cared for and resources available for recovery and well-being. Manitoba’s Progressive Conservatives honour World Mental Health Day today; we are determined to work together to make Manitoba a healthier place to live.