Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement Monday morning as the country marks the beginning of Mental Health Week.
The Canadian Mental Health Association is holding its 71st annual Mental Health Week from May 2 to 8.
Trudeau said this is a time for Canadians to speak openly about mental health and support those who are struggling. He noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has made things especially difficult and Ottawa is working to ensure Canadians receive proper mental health support.
“Mental health challenges affect many of us, yet these issues are often treated differently than physical health,” said Trudeau.
“No one should ever suffer in silence, and by being open with others, we can help break down the stigma surrounding mental health and ensure people seek the care they need.”
Trudeau said his cabinet is developing national standards for mental health and substance use care and a commitment to the Canada Mental Health Transfer, which will help jurisdictions “deliver high-quality, accessible and free mental health services.”
He encourages Canadians to support loved ones and reach out for help when needed.
“Together, we will end the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and build a better future for everyone,” said Trudeau.
If you or someone you know is struggling, there are resources available.
Canada Suicide Prevention Service — 1-833-456-4566
Wellness Together Canada — Free, 24/7 mental health and substance use resources