Mental health care was the talk around the breakfast table Tuesday morning in Edmonton, as part of this week’s premiers’ summit.
The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions hosted the breakfast meeting where premiers heard that 20 per cent of Canadian children and youth will develop a mental illness by age 25 and just less than half of Canadians, at 43 per cent, will experience a mental health problem or illness over the course of their lifetime.
The cost to the economy is estimated at more than $50-billion per year.
Louise Bradley, President and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, is hoping that the provinces and territories will add to the new federal investment of over $5-billion for mental health services.
Bradley would like to see mental health care on equal footing with physical health care.
A suggestion to the premiers was that psychotherapy should be available to children and youth to help them overcome mental illness, which would then save money in the long run.