A letter to the editor published in today's edition of The Chronicle Herald:
The Mental Health Coalition of Nova Scotia emailed all federal election candidates in the province the following questions:
Responses from the candidates can be viewed at www.mentalhealthcoalitionns.info.
- Can you please tell us your party’s platform as it pertains to mental health and addictions?
- Less than five per cent of total health care spending in Canada goes to mental health and in Nova Scotia, less than four per cent. The World Health Organization estimates the disease burden at 15 per cent. How will you and your party address this inequity?
- In 2014, the Health Accord is up for renewal. What strategy will you and your party adopt to ensure that mental health and addiction issues are addressed in the Health Accord negotiations?
- The Canadian Psychiatric Association states: "One in three inmates suffer with a mental disorder." What plans do you and your party have to address: a) prevention programs in the community and b) community-based treatment options for individuals currently involved in the criminal justice system?
- What will you and your party do to address the current states of poverty and homelessness in Canada?
Gail Gardiner, Co-Chair,
Mental Health Coalition of N.S.