Affordable and accessible mental health care for BC

British Columbians are experiencing a mental health crisis that's been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

An increasing number of people are being diagnosed with mental illness, but there’s not enough support available to match the need. Mental health should be part of our healthcare system. It’s time to treat the brain like its part of the body. 

Stand with us now to call for accessible, no-cost mental health care, starting by incorporating psychologists into our primary care system.

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BC has major gaps in its health care system. Mental health care is one of them. 

More British Columbians are experiencing increased anxiety, worry, stress, and loneliness as the pandemic progresses. In a recent poll, more than half of Canadians reported worsened mental health since the beginning of the pandemic. 

The demand for effective, high-quality psychological services vastly exceeds the capacity offered by the current medical system, resulting in real and significant consequences for British Columbians.

The BC Greens are proposing a 12-month pilot project authorizing psychologists to become eligible health care providers through a government-funded billing system (such as MSP or a comparable Psychological Services Plan) for consultation and psychotherapy. This program would allow them to work alongside primary care physicians and other medical specialists.