A Cape Breton community group that’s advocating for a mental health and addictions treatment facility for Cape Breton has launched an online petition to gather support. A Town That Cares is calling on the McNeil government to address the issues of mental illness and drug addiction by investing more money into treatment resources for the region.
Statistics around the mental health services that are currently available in Cape Breton show resources are lacking:
Occupancy rates for inpatient mental health beds at the Cape Breton Health Care Complex are at 109 per cent
Most adults seeking mental health services must wait 388 days
Most children and adolescents seeking mental health services must wait 91 days
Depending on where a patient lives, wait times for addictions services range from 37-74 days
There are no community-based addictions services provided through the NSHA for people under 18 in Cape Breton
The services listed above typically require a referral from a family doctor, but the family doctor shortage in Cape Breton means less people have access to not only primary care, but also mental health and addictions services.
A Town That Cares wants Premier Stephen McNeil, Health Minister Randy Delorey and the NSHA to understand Cape Breton residents need their immediate attention to the issues of mental health and addiction services that are lacking in the region.
Show your support and sign the petition today: