Published on May 23rd, 2014 | from Lori Spadorcia
Vote for mental health #Vote4MHA
I always get a little emotional during elections. As a student of political science, I have always taken my duty to participate seriously.
As a citizen, I have always felt proud and grateful to live in a free and democratic country. And, I love placing that ballot into the box!
I am equally passionate about CAMH’s promise to drive social change. We are improving the lives of people with mental illness and addictions by building awareness and understanding, promoting healthy public policies, and collaborating to improve our system of care.
Mental illness affects one in five of us, is the second leading cause of disability in the country and costs the Ontario economy a staggering $39 billion per year (See: more statistics on mental illness and addiction)
Mental health is the social justice issue of our time and yet we rarely hear a whisper about it during political campaigns.
So, as we did during the last provincial campaign, CAMH has joined the Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Alliance, a coalition of provincial organizations hoping to change the conversation.
The Alliance is asking political parties to:
- Make a full range of mental health and addictions services and supports accessible to every citizen in Ontario
- Ensure that people have access to safe and affordable housing, with supports as needed
- Engage with stakeholders to provide guidance on the implementation of mental health and addiction initiatives
We are raising awareness through our #Vote4MHA campaign, using social media to engage with candidates and encouraging all Ontarians to do the same.
We’ll be monitoring each of the party platforms and we’ll be asking each of the party leaders where they stand on the issue of mental health and addictions. Stay tuned – we’ll post each party’s responses to the Alliance website.
Party leaders and local candidates need to hear loud and clear that voters are concerned about mental health. It’s time for the whisper to become a roar.
>> Join our social media campaign to make sure mental health and addiction services are a top priority #vote4mha
>> Find out more about how you can get involved
Update: We asked the parties to tell us where they stand, and they answered. Before you vote, take a minute to see where the parties stand on mental health and addiction issues