As more statistics on canadians' mental health become publicly available, it is clear that a significant number are struggling with some form of mental illness. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 1 in 5 Canadians will suffer from mental illness in any given year. Young people in Quebec are experiencing very high depression during the covid pandemic with 38% of 18 to 24 year olds having moderate to severe depression. The uncertainty, isolation and stagnation of life as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has only added to the problem. More than ever, people of all ages need access to proper mental health care. But, with information on these services in short supply and the high cost of treatment, it is difficult, and in many cases impossible, for young Québecers to access adequate mental health support.
The mental wellness of Quebecers is inextricably linked to their ability to cope with life's everyday stressors, work productively, and make positive contributions to their communities. We call on the government of Québec to make Mental Healthcare a priority, and include it as part of our medicare package.