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Statement from MLA Trevor Halford on Canadian Mental Health Week

Statement from MLA Trevor Halford on Canadian Mental Health Week

SURREY (May 3, 2021) – BC Liberal Critic for Mental Health and Addictions Trevor Halford released the following statement today for Canadian Mental Health Week:

“For many British Columbians, the past year has been the most challenging and difficult in our collective memory. Our communities, our province, and our world have changed drastically since the beginning of COVID-19 and the continuous isolation from friends, family and loved ones is seriously affecting our mental health. This Canadian Mental Health Week let’s remember that no one is alone in feeling stress, anxiety or depression right now. It’s okay to not be okay.

“This year’s theme is let’s #getreal about how you feel. Know that it’s okay to talk about how you are feeling and importantly, seek help. Focusing on naming, expressing and dealing with our emotions – the ones we like just as much as the ones we don’t – can greatly help us being able to cope in both good times and bad.

“However, it’s also important to recognize a barrier for many people, particularly working mothers who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, is the cost of counselling and the lack of resources throughout the province. It shouldn’t come down to choosing between groceries or taking care of your mental health.

“More than just supplementing programs, this NDP government needs to take action to help people right now – by investing in a seamless mental health and addictions system that eliminates barriers and ensures people get the help they need when they need it.”

Important Resources:

  • Canadian Mental Health Association – Coronavirus: managing stress & anxiety
  • BounceBackBC – A free online program designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry.
  • Anxiety Canada – What to do if you’re anxious or worried about coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Foundry BC – Tips for when the news stresses you out
  • HealthlinkBC – If you still have questions call 811 to speak with a registered nurse, or access online resources for health-related questions.  Or dial 311-mental for mental health help
  • CrisiscentreBC – If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or at risk of harm, call or chat online with a crisis responder any time.

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