The liberals have recently announced a 10-year mental-health plan that has been named as ‘Healthy Minds, Healthy People’. Though the plan is an ambitious one, still many detractors have already started to criticize the plan as being too ambitious and even lacks sureshot plans to actually execute the plan properly.
The plan has been launched, as authorities feel that 20% British Columbians will face mental-health problems in the time to come, apart from facing trouble with drug abuse as well.
The plan would be addressing three major threats to the mental-health of people living in BC and would be aggressively be taking measures to improve the mental health of people, improve the quality and accessibility of services for people suffering from mental-health and substance-abuse problems and to reduce the costs being borne by both public and private sectors in combating these problems.
The action plan would also be addressing the problem of chronic mental illnesses being faced by children, adults and the elderly. The government has basically launched the program as it feels that it has a shared responsibility in taking care of the mental-health of its citizens.
However, while criticizing the plan, the First Mental-Health Advocate of British Columbia, Nancy Hall stated that it was disturbing to note that though a 10-year plan has been launched, yet the government has not framed any concrete policies regarding the program.