Mental Health Deserves Same Attention as Cancer

Yes. Yes it should. Mental health problems causes people to be less productive, less healthy, and even kill themselves - by the thousands each year in Canada. These people are neither weak nor lazy. Let us support people with mental health issues with the same compassion and infrastructure that we support our citizens with physical health issues.

David Goldbloom, chair of the commission, said some of the indicators “raise significant concerns or indicate that we are moving in the wrong direction. … We can take little comfort from many of them.”

Vornbrock said she hopes the report will underline the need to take mental health more seriously.

She called mental health “the poor cousin of the poor cousin of the health-care system.”

“We would like to see that mental health is prioritized amongst all the health spending, all the health-care priorities.”