Friday , February 26 2021

Letter: Mental health, housing in Bell & Let's talk about day & # 39;

To the editor:

"Today (Wednesday) is Bell's Talk Day that encourages people to have mental health talks to raise awareness and reduce stigma. On Friday, the # 39; the annual report of the Provincial Health Officer of BC found that the province is below the rest of the country with regard to mental health.

"The report found that kindergarten children are increasingly at risk of social and emotional problems, while young adults have low levels of mental health. Together, these findings reveal that families with young children need more support.

"The main province doctor suggested that those who had" squeezed the generation, "between 20 and 40 years of age, suffer from mental health impacts due to lower incomes, higher debt, and high costs of" 39; housing. Investments in child care were suggested and improved accessibility of housing as a way to improve the health of young families.

"The NDP is asking the liberal government of Justin Trudeau to take simple and striking actions to launch the help needed by so many families, such as investing in half a million quality and affordable housing units in # 39 ; a decade, offering low-income returns, now helps with a rental subsidy in the next budget and help home buyers for the first time to close the costs, duplicate the fiscal credit of the Home Buyer.

"Parents have also waited too long for the government to act to ensure a high quality, affordable daily care is available to everyone and families are suffering. The government needs to invest in mental health of children and families making early childhood education a priority in the federal budget for 2019. "

Wayne Stetski, Member of Parliament, Kootenay – Columbia

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