NDP

Mental health investments needed today, not two years from now

March 20, 2017


HALIFAX – NDP Leader Gary Burrill is concerned that the Liberal government is waiting two years before making the $4.4 million investment in mental health, which it announced today. Wait times for community-based mental health services for children and youth have increased almost 30 per cent since October 2014

“For the young people who are waiting longer for care under the Liberals, funding two years down the road isn’t enough,” said Burrill. “Parents need to know that if their child needs access to mental health services, they will be able to get that service this week, not next month, next year, or two years away.”

Over the last few weeks, the Liberal government has made several funding announcements. Stephen McNeil announced today that the government will spend $300,000 for Upper Clements Park in his own district of Annapolis. Last week, Leo Glavine announced $1.6 million for the Kings Mutual Century Centre in his district, Kings West.

“Stephen McNeil needs to get his priorities straight,” said Burrill. “Our children need more than press conferences and funding announcements – they need immediate investments to ensure that mental health care is available when and where they need it.”

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For more information, contact Kaley Kennedy at 902-229-6881 or kaley.kennedy@novascotia.ca.