News Item – Pay now or pay even more later: Coalition wants first ministers to boost mental health spending

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has agreed to add health care to the menu at this week’s gathering of first ministers, a concession to the provinces who want Ottawa to pick up a greater share of health-care spending.

But that’s not the only discussion health professionals want the prime minister and premiers to have around the dinner table Friday. Members of the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, a coalition of 16 organizations, are urging them to immediately commit more resources to battling mental illness.

“If we don’t start dealing with this sooner rather than later, I think we’ll have a generation of young adults and children who are quite stressed out, with increasing rates of anxiety and depression across the board,” said Dr. Raj Bhatla, chief psychiatrist at the Royal Ottawa Hospital.

Full article at: CBC News