HALIFAX, NS – People who knew Cayley Fox remember her as a girl who could brighten anyone’s day, even if she couldn’t brighten her own. She was upbeat, caring, and always smiling.
It’s been almost two years since Cayley lost her battle with mental illness. Since the tragic loss, Cayley’s family and friends have been fighting for more mental health supports for young Nova Scotians.
Cayley’s mother, Carolyn Mclean-Fox says for far too long, young people haven’t been getting the supports and counselling they desperately need.
“We need to do better,” says Carolyn. “Young people like Cayley continue to fall through the cracks because when they seek help, they find closed doors. It’s time for the government to take care of our suffering children, because right now, they don’t have access to the proper resources.”
Pictou East MLA Tim Houston first introduced Cayley’s Law in May 2016. The bill continues to be a priority for the Progressive Conservative Caucus.
“When I heard about Cayley, and what her friends and family were trying to achieve, I knew we had to help them in their fight,” says Houston. “No one should have to suffer in silence and run out of hope, especially our youth. We need to do everything we can for those who are struggling. We owe it to them, and to Cayley.”
Cayley’s Law makes changes to the Youth Secretariat Act to require the government to have a Chief Administrative Officer of the Youth Secretariat assigned to be the champion of issues facing youth. The Youth Secretariat Act requires a report to be tabled annually in the legislature. The last one was tabled in 2007.
“The McNeil Liberals have been dropping the ball when it comes to making youth a priority,” says Houston. “By passing Cayley’s Law, the government will finally show they are committed to improving the lives of young Nova Scotians.”