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Dinn calls for compassion for all facing mental health challenges
Dinn says as Mental Health Week concludes we must remember to practice compassion and empathy for all those who have faced challenges, especially through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Friday, May 6, 2022

(May 6, 2022) – Paul Dinn, PC Official Opposition Shadow Minister for Health and Community Services and MHA for Topsail-Paradise, says as Mental Health Week concludes we must remember to practice compassion and empathy for all those who have faced challenges, especially through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) shared a stark reminder of the importance of making mental health a 365 day focus. It’s been a time of stress and anxiety for us all, but our youth are facing particular challenges since the beginning of this pandemic,” said Dinn.

“Hospitalizations of youth for mental health challenges have increased since 2016, according to the CIHI. Young women aged 15-24 have seen more trips to the emergency room due to mental health challenges, with eating disorders becoming more common. These are real challenges faced by real people in our community. We must offer support and eliminate the stigma attached to mental health concerns.”

Dinn says mental health issues need attention for the other 51 weeks of the year, and must be met with compassion.

“There is great strength in asking for help, whether it’s a listening ear from someone close to you or professional help. A cry for help is not a sign of weakness: it’s the first step to seeing positive change. We know there are challenges with access in the mental health system in our province and we must demand greater access to long-term supports for mental health challenges,” said Dinn.

“While we advocate for positive changes to the system, let’s remember to be kind to one another. Everyone in our province knows someone who has faced a mental health challenge, or you’re facing one yourself. Let’s remind ourselves and our neighbours to be kind when faced with these challenges. You are not alone. Together, we can make positive change and help each other through these difficult times.

“When establishing programs and services every effort must be made to ensure ample opportunity is available for those with lived experiences to participate. As per the theme for Mental Health Week: This is empathy. Before you weigh in, tune in.”

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