NORTH VANCOUVER (October 10, 2019) – BC Liberal Mental Health and Addictions Critic Jane Thornthwaite has released the following statement on World Mental Health Day:
“Today, on World Mental Health Day, we recognize the thousands of British Columbians coping with mental illness. We can all play a part to help reduce stigma and support each other.
“It is critical for people to consider their mental health as important as their physical health. We need to ensure our workplaces and communities become supportive and healthy places for all.
“Suicide prevention is this year’s Mental Health Day theme, which is the second leading cause of death among 15 to 29-year-olds. It is estimated in Canada that each day 11 people end their life and 210 more attempt suicide.
“Moving forward, we must pay closer attention to how youth are struggling with stresses they experience at school, at work, and within their families. We can’t ignore the early signs of anxiety and depression, and schools can play a critical role in identifying and referring children and youth for help. Government needs to take action to ensure a continuum of care, so the system is easier to navigate and access to treatment is available for everyone.
“We all play a role in reducing the stigma and to support our friends and family through difficult times. Mental health affects us all so it’s up to us to support each other.”