October 10, 2015
YELLOWKNIFE – The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on World Mental Health Day:
“Today marks a day close to my heart – World Mental Health Day. On this day, Canadians and people all around the world are encouraged to engage in open and candid discussions about mental health issues and awareness.
“One in five Canadians will experience a mental health issue during their lifetime. As such, it is vital that we create a supportive environment for free and honest discussion. I constantly draw inspiration from the many Canadians across our country – including my own mother, Margaret – who have bravely shared their personal struggles in an effort to raise awareness on this issue.
“While we have made progress, mental health issues are too often met with shame and discrimination, preventing those living with mental illnesses from seeking the help they need. We must take real action by strengthening prevention, encouraging positive mental health, and expanding access to care and recovery services and support. That’s why, as part of a new health accord, a Liberal government is committed to making high-quality mental health services more available to Canadians who need them, including our veterans and first responders. Liberals will also establish a pan-Canadian Expert Advisory Council on Mental Health, particularly to advise on the implementation of the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s recommendations.
“On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada, please join us in spreading awareness for mental health during World Mental Health Day. Together, I know we can make real progress to prevent mental health issues, overcome the stigma, and promote healing.”
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