Critical report released on youth and children's mental health in B.C.
Vancouver (12 April 2013) – Vulnerable mentally ill youth are falling through the cracks of a fragmented, under-resourced provincial medical system and are not receiving the treatment and support they really need, said B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth in a highly critical report released this week.
The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) strongly supports the Representative’s call to improve mental health services, including increased resources, proper coordination and immediate improvements to direct services in emergency, acute and community-based mental health care systems.
Responsive mental health services for transition-age youth aged between 16 and 19 years can be life changing. Currently, only six percent of the Ministry of Children and Family Development budget goes to mental health.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE