Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) Launches Mind Your Mental Health Campaign with national association

-(Toronto, Ontario) February 3, 2014. Today, in honour of Psychology Month, the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) joined forces to highlight the need to enhance access to mental health services across Canada through the launch of the national Mind Your Mental Health Campaign.

The campaign aims to help increase awareness among the public about psychological topics and disorders and how to prevent, manage and treat them. The campaign also encourages the public, to write their provincial and territorial governments to let them know that Canadians need better access to treatments provided by psychologists, in the public health care system.

“Despite the fact that one in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem in a given year, only one-third of those will receive the help they need,” said CPA President Dr. Wolfgang Linden. “We have psychological treatments that work, and experts trained to deliver them. Yet the services of psychologists are not funded by provincial health insurance plans, which make them inaccessible to most Canadians. Waitlists are excessively long, and insurance to cover these services is minimal.”

Together we are urging local politicians to increasing access to psychologists by implementing the following recommendations:

1. Help increase awareness among the public and government about mental health– its importance to the success and well being of individuals, families and the workplace and its impact on physical health.

2. Provide information to the public about psychological topics and disorders and how to prevent, manage and treat them. Information can help to improve awareness, assist coping and reduce stigma.

3. Help get mental health help to people when they need it. Psychological services are not sufficiently available to Canadians. The services of psychologists, the country’s largest group of licensed and specialized mental health care providers, are not covered by public health insurance plans. Encourage the public, and other stakeholders in health, to let their governments know that Canadians need better access to treatments provided by psychologists, in the public health care system.

About:

The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is the national association for the science, practice and education of psychology in Canada. With almost 7,000 members and affiliates, CPA is Canada's largest association for psychology.

The Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) is a volunteer professional organization that represents psychology in Ontario. OPA members are psychologists, both professional and academic. The goal of the Association is to help to improve the psychological well-being of Ontarians. Visit our website for more information: www.psych.on.ca.

Since 2005, the goal of Psychology Month is to generate grassroots activities that will raise Canadians’ awareness of the role psychology plays in their lives and in their communities. Psychology Month encourages all members of the psychology profession to connect with their communities and show them the value and benefits of their work. Psychologists are encouraged to organize local public education and outreach activities.

Contact:
Tyler Stacey-Holmes
Canadian Psychological Association
(tel) 613-237-2144
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www.cpa.ca

Jan Kasperski, CEO
Ontario Psychological Association
(Tel) 416-961-5516
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www.psych.on.ca

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