Statement from the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour on Mental Health Week

May 6, 2024

As Mental Health Week begins, the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour urges the provincial government to take immediate action to address the urgent need for improved mental health services in our province. Despite promises to fix the system, we are deeply concerned to see that things are not getting better; in fact, they seem to be getting worse.

The mental health crisis in Nova Scotia is reaching a breaking point. Individuals and families in our communities are struggling to access the support and care they desperately need. Long wait times for mental health services are leaving people in crisis without the help they require, putting their well-being at risk.

It is unacceptable that in a province like Nova Scotia, people are forced to wait months, sometimes even years, to receive mental health support. Every day that passes without proper care and intervention is a day that someone’s mental health deteriorates further, impacting their quality of life and potentially leading to tragic outcomes.

The stress and uncertainty of the past two years have taken a significant toll on the mental health of Nova Scotians. Now, more than ever, we need a robust and accessible mental health system that can meet the needs of our communities.

The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour calls on the provincial government to prioritize mental health and take immediate steps to improve access to services. This includes increasing funding for mental health public programs, hiring more mental health professionals, and reducing wait times for treatment. We also must thank all those now working in the system for doing the best they can each and every day. We and they cannot afford to wait any longer. Lives are at stake, and the time for action is now.

As Mental Health Week reminds us, mental health is just as important as physical health, and we need a system that treats it as such. The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour stands ready to work with the government to create a mental health system that works for everyone, but we need to see meaningful change, and we need it now.

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