Almost six weeks have passed since we first released our manifesto – the five pillars for better mental health in British Columbia. Today, we have over 1,300 signatures across 64 constituencies!
That’s 1,396 people and counting – standing with the Canadian Mental Health Association in calling for a system of care that addresses mental health, addiction and physical health equally. We couldn’t help but recognize this achievement for what it is – a bold call to action and an increasing momentum towards change.
Here are just a few of the diverse voices we’ve been able to hear from:
- “As someone who works with youth, I have witnessed the increasing problems of mental health and addictions for decades; yet, there seems to be very little being done by those in the positions of power to truly take on the problem. May this campaign be the next step to bring about the much needed actions of change.”
- “My experience of losing my wife to suicide from post partum depression has opened my eyes to mental health and that more needs to be done in terms of providing care closer to home and connected with communities.”
- “It’s time to end the discrimination related to community-based mental health and addictions services. It’s time for mental health and addictions funding within health to be a priority. The opportunity is now. The time is now. The province has the largest surplus in history. Investment in mental health and addictions saves lives and makes sense. Let’s end the trauma of reaching out for care.”
Last week, we gathered at the Oak Bay Municipal Hall to acknowledge all of the amazing support we’ve received. Oak Bay Mayor, Nils Jensen, and Bev Gutray stood beside long-standing b4stage4 supporters Maureen Palmer, and Omar Alasaly – a producer/writer/director and pharmacist, respectively – who each shared their story and reason for joining the campaign.
Next week, we’ll be moving on to the next step of our campaign: the b4stage4 conference in Victoria. We’ll be bringing together international leaders, policy makers, researchers, and advocates to help BC think differently about mental health and addiction.
It’s an an opportunity for British Columbians across the province to come together to enact change. The time is now. Let’s seize it together.
Have you joined the movement?
There are still a few seats at the conference. Be part of the conversation with our conference speakers and take part in shaping the landscape of mental health and addictions care.