VICTORIA, B.C. – Sonia Furstenau, B.C. Green Spokesperson for Mental Health and Addictions, issued the following statement in recognition of World Mental Health Day:
“The purpose of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues so that we can reduce stigma and mobilize support efforts. It’s a day for dialogue and support, a day to come together and have brave conversations. Mental health impacts us all, our friends, families, and communities, yet it is so often associated with hurt and shame. By talking about it we can overcome the things that keep us isolated and forge a path forward through dialogue and care.
“In British Columbia addressing mental health has never been more important. Our province is in the middle of a public health crisis; since January alone over 600 lives have been lost to the opioid crisis with devastating impacts. These tragedies are inextricably connected to mental health and it is essential that we come together to address stigma and provide support to improve the mental wellbeing of our communities.
“On behalf of my colleagues in the B.C. Green caucus I would like to offer my deepest support to everyone struggling with their mental health. Your courage and perseverance are inspiring, and I am hopeful for a future in which we can all speak openly about our mental health and access the supports we need to be healthy.”
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