We all have the right to mental health care that is publicly funded and free, yet millions of Canadians are struggling and only some will get the care they need. The Act for Mental Health campaign is supported by a network of Canadian organizations pressing our leaders for Universal Mental Health Care. It’s not just the right thing to do, research shows it’s the smart thing to do, and we can’t afford not to.
Why funding mental health care is the right thing to do
When we stop and think about it, our health care isn’t universal at all, especially when it comes to mental health and substance use health. This care should be free and available to everyone.
Why funding mental health care is the smart thing to do
Canada’s “universal” free, public health care system doesn’t cover supports like therapy, counselling, peer support, and substance use treatments. Yet we know that these kinds of care are effective.
Why we can’t afford not to fund mental health care
The cost to society is just too great. Poor mental health costs Canada at least $50 billion per year in direct health care costs, lost productivity and decreased quality of life. Substance use costs the Canadian economy an additional $46 billion a year in direct healthcare costs, lost productivity and criminal justice costs.