Improved mental health access tied to workforce capacity
The mental health and substance use workforce is severely understudied. As Canadians' mental health needs increase during the pandemic and beyond, measuring this crucial sector's capacity is key to matching mental health services with mental health needs.
Gov. Gen. Julie Payette, pictured Sept. 23, 2020, reading the Throne Speech. It is encouraging that access to mental health and substance use services have figured prominently in recent policy dialogues, including the recent 2020 Speech from the Throne and the Safe Restart agreements. This prominence builds on previous commitments, write Ivy Lynn Bourgeault and Mary Bartram.
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