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POLICY - HEALTH
An estimated 1.6 million Canadians have an unmet need for mental health care. And, in 2019, 7.5 million of us will experience a mental health problem. Depression is the leader in disability costs yet garners a scant third of cancer’s funding. Suicide takes the lives of 4,000 Canadians a year, with another 100,000 left reeling from the devastation. We’ve seen over 10,000 deaths from opioid-related overdose since 2016. Photograph of Pixabay

Investing in mental health is a sound strategy

If a government invests in the mental wellness of its people, it will be well on its way to addressing Canadians’ top priorities.
Canadian data that would enable effective evidence-based management of stress and burnout remains sparse.
Those engaged on a public policy level must rethink their approach, clear away the backlog of long-term planning cycles and dedicate resources to building a supportive framework based on a single fundamental question: how will this plan or this expenditure actually help the person in crisis right now?
A robust mental health policy promise could help sway millennial and female voters, polls show. Jennifer McLeod Macey, vice-president at Ipsos, says a robust policy promise on mental health could go a long way in shoring up support among those sub-groups, specifically young adults.
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Any extension of drug buying here by Americans beyond what is currently allowed for limited personal use would quickly turn the current drug shortage problem in Canada into an emergency.
Even as parties, to an extent, bypass the media to reach key demographics, they still jockey with the others to attract blanket coverage of their policy reveals. 
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Improving access to pharmaceuticals is a worthy discussion for the coming federal election, but for the public debate to be productive it must be rooted in facts rather than clouded by convenient political rhetoric.
If the government fails to respond with solid limits on advertising by September, the vaping industry will continue to promote its products unimpeded and more kids will get addicted to nicotine over the next school year.
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It looks like we are about to step backwards as politicians want to be safe in talking about some romantic health-care system that doesn’t exist as opposed to the one that does.
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Many clients, including our dedicated public servants, have to pay out of pocket to access mental health services. Counselling is not covered under most health plans, and cost becomes a huge barrier.
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The $150-million pledge is the largest commitment to health research in the federal budget.
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