Several provinces have declared emergencies on various circumstances over time;
Canada is allowed to declare national emergencies under the Emergencies Act, 1985;
Approximately 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness;
The economic burden of mental illness in Canada is estimated at 51 billion dollars per year (including healthcare costs, lost productivity, and reductions in health-related quality of life) (CAMH);
Not addressing mental health issues/illness is costly in the long-term to Canada's economy; and
According to a recent Morneau Shephard poll, 50% of Canadians reported that their mental health has worsened with the COVID-19 pandemic, with mental health related hospitalizations, crisis-line use, and addiction rates skyrocketing.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to launch a study in the Standing Committee on Health (HESA) on the merits of declaring a national emergency on mental health.
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