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Ted Marcelino, MLA Tyndall Park
May 1, 2013

National Mental Health Week

Mr. Speaker, next week is National Mental Health Week. Mental health issues take many forms and can significantly impact quality of life for individuals and their loved ones. With approximately one in five Canadians directly affected at some point in their life, no one should feel stigmatized or uncomfortable disclosing their personal struggles.

This year, the Canadian Mental Health Association will focus on youth mental health. Mr. Speaker, 10 to 20 per cent of Canadian youth are affected by mental illness, and up to 70 per cent of young adults with mental health problems first experience symptoms in childhood. Twelve per cent of females and five per cent of males aged 12 to 19 have experienced a major depressive episode, and 3.2 million Canadian youth are at risk for developing depression. Canada's youth suicide rate is the third highest in the industrial world, and suicide is the second highest cause of youth deaths in Canada.

Through Manitoba's mental health strategy, Rising to the Challenge, and specific initiatives, such as our Northern Mobile Crisis Team and Canada's first stand-alone mental health crisis response centre opening soon, our government is working to promote mental wellness and improve services and supports for all affected Manitobans. Thanks to everyone in the field of mental health care. You are leaders in this extremely important fight.