To the editor:
“Today (Wednesday) is“ Let's talk a day, ”which encourages people to talk about mental health to raise awareness and reduce stigma. Last Friday, a British Columbia provincial health officer’s annual report found that the province was lagging behind the rest of the country in terms of mental health.
“The report says that kindergarten children are increasingly at risk of social and emotional problems, while young people report lower levels of mental health. Taken together, these results show that families with small children need more support.
“The provincial head physician suggested that people between the ages of 20 and 40 who suffer from“ crushing generations ”may suffer from mental health consequences due to lower incomes, higher debt and higher housing costs.” Investments in childcare and housing affordability have been proposed as ways to improve the health of young families.
“The NDP calls on Justin Trudeau’s liberal government to take simple, effective actions to start the help that many families need – for example, to invest in half a million units of high-quality and affordable housing for a decade, giving low-income tenants now with a rental subsidy in the next budget and help new home buyers with final costs by doubling the Buyer's home tax credit.
“Parents have also waited too long for the government to take action to provide high-quality, affordable day care for everyone, and families are suffering. The government should invest in the mental health of children and families, making early childhood education a priority in the federal budget for 2019. ”
Wayne Stetski, MP, Kootenay – Colombia