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BC Greens promise MSP coverage for mental health care

Last Updated Oct 5, 2020 at 10:35 pm PDT

FILE -- B.C. Green party leader Sonia Furstenau speaks during a media availability following her speech at the UBCM convention at the Victoria Conference Centre in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday September 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
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Leader Sonia Furstenau said Monday that cost should not be a barrier to seeking help addressing mental health concerns

Furstenau noted COVID-19 has increased isolation, which can both cause and compound mental health issues

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — The BC Greens have vowed to invest $1 billion so that mental health care is covered by the province’s medical services plan.

Leader Sonia Furstenau said Monday that cost should not be a barrier to seeking help.

“It’s time we treated mental health like any other widespread health issue, and properly fund it within our public health system,” she said.

The party says treatment for anxiety and depression needs to be more accessible, and that youth and their families need more options when seeking early intervention. More outreach to the homeless, and more detox and treatment beds are also areas the Greens say need more investment.


Furstenau noted COVID-19 has increased isolation, which can both cause and compound mental health issues.

“To address loneliness we would follow the lead of other countries who have taken action on the issue, and we would develop and implement a Loneliness Strategy,” she said.