I rise in the house today to recognize National Mental Health Week which is May 6-12, 2013.
Mental health is an important component of an individual’s overall health and like eating right and exercising, it requires a bit of personal effort every day.
We all face stresses and demands in our day-to-day lives but it is how we cope with them that is important.
The province understands that some issues require more serious methods and together with Health PEI we have created an integrated Mental Health and Addictions structure that incorporates acute care with community mental health and addictions to allow a seamless continuum of care for patients, clients and their families.
Improving access to mental health and addiction services is one of this government’s major health priorities as demonstrated in the most recent Speech from the Throne.
This past November, we commissioned a comprehensive review of our province’s mental health and addiction services. The findings of that report will be used to improve access to timely, coordinated government and community-based services.
As well, we have placed an importance on strengthening the mental health of Islanders by making it a key pillar of our provincial wellness strategy.
We look forward to the release of both of these reports in the near future.
Government is not alone in our work to improve mental health education, programming and awareness. We rely on local associations to help highlight the importance of these issues.
Today in the gallery, I’m honoured to have: (not confirmed – will do so as soon as I can)
The Canadian Mental Health Association has been a vocal ambassador for programming and services related to mental health. We thank them for being with us today and for their work with individuals and families who are facing these health issues across our province. The work is certainly important and extremely valued. Thank you.