I was reading another blog and the link that was attached has really irritated me. I am really bothered by the various cutbacks in my township. What more has to happen so that everyone who struggles with mental illness receives treatment?
I challenge every constituent currently running in the election, to present an outline of how they will improve the mental health system so that everyone (including myself) stops falling through the cracks; to the people who have died because of not having a support system available to them; to the after hours mental health telephone system being discontinued, where are those in need supposed to call?
“One in four British Columbians suffer from some form of mental illness. This can range from depression to severe mental illness. When cuts come, the first place the government seems to target are the services for these patients,” said Gill.
“We are at Abbotsford Regional Hospital today (May 9) because just recently it has felt the effects of these cuts. It contains a closed adolescent psychiatric ward and a now only half open adult ward. Just a week ago, the mental health after-hours information telephone line was discontinued.”