“Mental health should not be an inaccessible luxury”, according to the RRASMQ

On this World Mental Health Day, the Association of Alternative Mental Health Resources of Quebec (RRASMQ) gathered at Saint-Louis Square in Montreal. On this occasion, the organization expressed its grievances to the new government in terms of mental health.

The RRASMQ thus called on the Legault government to intervene « on the living conditions having an impact on the mental health of the population » including in particular « access to decent housing, a viable income or a healthy environment. « .

« Mental health should not be an inaccessible luxury, » said Anne-Marie Boucher, co-responsible for sociopolitical action at RRASMQ, in a press release. As we can see, inequalities have a direct impact on the mental health of individuals.

« There is an urgent need for the government to act on the causes of suffering, » added Anne-Marie Boucher.

For his part, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau indicated that this day is an opportunity to “raise awareness of the mental health problems that can affect each of us”.

Justin Trudeau recalled that over the past two years, levels of depression and anxiety have increased in the country.

The Wellness Together Canada portal and the Wellness app offer a broad network of mental health resources to Canadians, according to the Prime Minister.

For its part, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network has announced the update of its distress thermometer, available in more than 70 languages.

According to the organization, this tool helps people identify and manage psychosocial stressors against cancer.

“Screening for distress must be an integral part of cancer treatment for everyone, everywhere,” Michelle Riba, M.D. at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center, said in a statement.

Remember that last July, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the pandemic will have a long-term impact on mental health.

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