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Letter: Mental health issues must be addressed

To the editor:

It is important that the BC Health Association recognizes mental disorders are as real as physical disorders.

A recent poll taken by The Nanos Research, which was conducted for CTV and The Globe and Mail, indicates that health care, the highest at 28.5 per cent, had overturned jobs and the economy as the chief concern for Canadians.

Mental health has, for sometime, been at the forefront of Canadian’s minds as it remains a leading disorder.

What doesn’t seem to be recognized is that chemically, means physically. It is the same as diabetes or AIDS for that matter. The numbers or, the balances don’t add up right. Which cause the physical disorder. The only difference is that, with diabetes and AIDS the fallout is more visual.

It is easy to view mental disorders as an odd personality trait, therefore it goes overlooked, however; as we go about procrastinating we find the facts tell us that in our life time, most of us will not only suffer from some sort of mental illness at sometime, but deal with it involving a loved one.

It is extremely important that mental health is not swept under the rug by our health care system. Something needs to be done, as families search in panic to find the appropriate assistance that doesn’t seem to exist for them in Canada.

Immediate action needs to take place for these families that are broken and out of pocket for an unrecognized leading illness in the world.

Canada is calling out to our prime minister right now to make a difference to an ever-growing and measurable problem.

Christina Kennedy,



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