VICTORIA (May 6, 2019) – BC Liberal Mental Health and Addictions Critic Jane Thornthwaite released the following statement:
“This week marks Mental Health Week – a week to raise awareness for all Canadians coping with mental health issues and to support dialogue around mental well-being.
“We recognize the importance of mental health and for every Canadian to be able to speak out and get help, as we would with physical health. This year’s theme is to #GetLoud about what mental health really is, to break the stigma, and to support our workplaces and communities in becoming supportive and healthy places for all.
“Our government initiated Foundry, a collection of one-stop-shop centres that support youth at a critical age when most mental health issues begin. Starting conversations, seeking help, and then getting immediate interventions or treatment will help avoid more serious problems later in life.
“This week is about looking out for one another and making sure that we all play a part in ensuring that anyone struggling with mental health issues feels safe and supported and has access to the resources that they need. These conversations will help bring the issues surrounding mental health to the forefront and together we can end the stigma and continue giving support to those who need it most.
“I encourage everyone to #GetLoud about their mental health. Together we can bring an end to stigma and encourage mental well-being for all.”