Stephen McNeil announced supports for mental health today. However, the Liberal record shows the McNeil government failed to take serious action to tackle the crisis in mental health before they called the election.
Stephen McNeil’s actions over the past years speak louder than his empty promises today.
The McNeil Liberal record:
Health Minister Leo Glavine rejected that the mental health system was in crisis, and refused to hold a public inquiry into the matter.
Mental health advocate Laurel Walker said the government lost sight of the fact that mental illness is a real disease.
The cuts had a significant impact on organizations like Eating Disorders Nova Scotia, the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia and Be, Think, Feel Aboriginal Mental Health.
On average, adults in Nova Scotia wait three months for mental health services. In Cape Breton, adults are left to wait almost a year. The average wait for Nova Scotian children and youth is even longer, at about four months.
Veterans, their spouses, widows, and families voiced their disappointment with the unwillingness of the McNeil Liberals to address systemic failures in veterans support networks, which includes not fighting for mental health supports from the national government.