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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

 St. John’s, NL (January 30, 2019) – David Brazil, Health Critic for the Official Opposition, said Bell Let’s Talk Day is a time to recognize the value of a collaborative approach to mental health care in Newfoundland and Labrador.

“Although the Ball government has branded its actions on mental health care as a Way Forward initiative, in reality that work was a product of a collaborative approach uniting all parties and people across the province to make mental health a priority,” said Brazil. 

“It was an NDP resolution sponsored by Gerry Rogers that motivated a PC government minister to bring all parties together to develop a new plan for mental health and addictions in Newfoundland and Labrador.  That collaborative process started in January 2015, and it’s the reason there is so much progress to report today.”

“Collaboration works.  There are times when it is best to put differences aside and bring everyone together to get an agreement on what needs to be done.  It stops being about politics and starts being about people.”

“A lot more work remains to be done on mental health care and addictions in Newfoundland and Labrador.  It’s not a time to rest but a time to recognize that it will take many people and groups of many different backgrounds working together to bring mental health care in Newfoundland and Labrador to where it needs to be,” he said.

“Bell’s leadership on mental health is exemplary.  We look forward to many others coming on board to promote awareness and improve the care people need.”

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Bradley Russell

Director of Policy and Research

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(c) 1.709.685.3161

BradleyRussell@gov.nl.ca

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