What Canada Did For Mental Health During The Pandemic

Things could have been far worse!

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Trudeau stinks, but come on man, everything is relative!

There’s always room for criticism toward this administration’s response to the virus. It has been absolutely atrocious in certain respects, especially concerning the vaccine. But I can say that had Andrew Scheer won the last election, his response to the pandemic would have been a bloody shit-show, with his republican-styled anti-science. It would have been every-man-for-himself, “don’t come to us for a handout”, “pull yourselves up by the bootstraps”; an anti-mask, anti-vax heaven, with super-spreader libertarianism run amok. Oh, and guess what, we still would’ve run deficits!

Money well spent

So yeah, I ain’t crazy about Trudeau, but things could always be much worse. Anyway, here’s what Canada did for mental illness. Professor Goldbloom writes,

“…it represents a coming together of government, community agencies, and the private sector in common cause to respond to an unprecedented national emergency.” — David Goldbloom, We Can Do Better

The reality is — and I’ll be publishing a blog respecting this point specifically — more psychiatrists is not the only answer to our mental health crisis in Canada. All those things Goldbloom mentioned there: self-assessment, tracking, apps, group coaching, counselling by text or phone, etc. These can work miracles for people!

Improved ACCESS

Granted, Wellness Together Canada is not like a year-long therapy program with a psychiatric professional for extreme cases. Besides, it was never designed with such a purpose in mind. The name of the game here is accessibility — helping people with their most immediate needs before a few symptoms mushroom into a full-blow psychological breakdown and diagnosis.

The name of the game here is accessibility — helping people with their most immediate needs before a few symptoms mushroom into a full-blow psychological breakdown and diagnosis.

So Canada ain’t perfect, but things could be worse. And that’s important to remember. Be sure to check out Wellness Together Canada here. It’s an incredible thing you should take advantage of if you need the help.

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