Recently, we could see a new initiative taken by the Canadian Mental Health Association. The project wears the name Erase the Difference, and asks the people living in Ontario to sign an online petition. The goal here is to increase the funding for mental healthcare.
Problems with the Budget
The CMHA reported that for almost 40 years, the budget assigned to mental healthcare has been dropping. Back in 1979, the amount was 11.3%. Nowadays, this section only receives 6.5%. This translates to $3.5 billion, out of a $54 billion budget.
Recently, the CMHA office found in Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge, issued a press release. In the beginning of March, they celebrated the funding received from the federal government on this topic. Moreover, they asked the provincial candidates to commit to bringing more funds.
A Financial Burden
Mark Graham, who is the CEO of the local office, made some statements in the release. According to him, the financial burden of the mental illness healthcare is 1.5 times bigger than that for all the types of cancers combined. Moreover, it’s 7 times the one for all the infectious diseases. Yet, Ontario allotted only 6.5% of the budget for this.
He added that they need to continue their work in order to erase the differences between different areas for funding. Graham claims that it’s important to focus both on physical and mental health to address the needs of the communities.
Why Is It Important?
The Center for Addiction and Mental Health explains that people who have mental illnesses and addictions have a higher risk of premature death than the rest of the population. As such, a mental illness can cut 10 – 20 years of the life expectancy. For this reason, the association thinks that the government should issue more funds to address this problem, instead of focusing more on the physical illnesses.
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