What is it going to take for people to realize the seriousness of mental illness in this Province and world-wide. As someone who has received the benefits of art therapy, I am so disgusted by the recent cuts to this 21 year program that I know has helped many people in so many ways, is now going to be gone in 60 days!!
Funding cuts are treatments for mood disorders, schizophrenia, and the complete closure of the Arts Studio recovery program in 60 days. Critics are saying the cuts hurt even more due to the announcement coming days after Victoria raised salaries for senior government staff.
excerpt from http://globalnews.ca/news/644442/644442/
I know they said that people would be given the opportunity to transfer to other programs, however, I agree with the article that people stated they received nothing more than pamphlets with phone numbers and crisis phone numbers and counselling information. Are they stupid enough to not realize the wait times to see a counselor JUST TO GET INTO SEE A COUNSELOR is often weeks if not months! Calling a crisis line, often only puts a temporary band-aid on the situation that is very real to many people who struggle everyday.
What’s it going to take for the government to realize that a people’s lives are at stake? Mental illness knows no boundaries and no demographics.