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Montreal, November 2, 2020- The Canadian Mental Health Association – Montreal branch would like to commend the Quebec government’s investment of $100 million in mental health services, as announced today by the Junior Health Minister, Lionel Carmant.
During a press conference, mister Lionel Carmant acknowledged the importance to improve frontline services in order to facilitate the access to mental health services. He also showed a willingness from the government to contribute to destigmatizing mental health illness and to promote the inclusion of people with mental illness in our society. To take such a stand is refreshing since it demonstrates a real understanding of the issues surrounding mental health problems.
For many years the CMHA-Montreal branch along with its network partners have been hammering the urgency of the needs in this area. We are particularly working for mental health services to be valued in a proportional and equitable manner within our health system and we are committed to fight stigma and discrimination against people with mental health problems. It appears our efforts are bearing fruit. We are pleased by this political action which shows an encouraging shift for the future.
In these times of community health care crisis, more than ever mental health remains a priority. We are hoping for an innovative response that will have a lasting systemic impact on our society.