B.C. Greens welcome provincial mental health strategy

VICTORIA, B.C. — Today the B.C. Greens welcomed the release of A Pathway to Hope: A roadmap for making mental health and addictions care better for people in British Columbia.

BC Green Statement: Evidence Shows Vaccinations Protect Against Measles Outbreaks

VICTORIA, B.C. — Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau is deeply concerned for the people affected by the current measles outbreak in Vancouver and encourages all British Columbians who are medically able to be vaccinated to do so.

B.C. Green Caucus statement on World Mental Health Day

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.

Sonia Furstenau statement on International Overdose Awareness Day

VICTORIA, B.C. – Sonia Furstenau, B.C. Greens spokesperson for Mental Health and Addictions, issued the following statement on International Overdose Awareness Day:

“Today is International Overdose Awareness Day, a day to remember and honour thousands of lives that have been lost or impacted by drug overdoses.

Furstenau: Government needs to put funding behind breastfeeding action plan

VICTORIA, B.C. – Sonia Furstenau, B.C. Green Party spokesperson for children and families, says the breastfeeding action plan released by government today should be backed up by more resources to support new mothers and infants. The report comes after two court rulings found that the Ministry of Children and Family Development needed to do more to increase a mother’s access to her infant for breastfeeding and bonding and to consider the supports that were available in the mother's First Nations community to keep the family together.

“Today’s action plan is a step forward, however much more is needed, including funding for programs that will keep mothers and infants together,” said Furstenau.

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