New Democrat candidates in Prince Albert joined NDP Leader Ryan Meili today to pledge that an NDP government would open a badly needed Mental Health Emergency Room in the city.
“Scott Moe’s cuts have hurt Prince Albert, and have left people here feeling less safe and less supported,” said Meili. “I hear from families every day about how life has gotten harder, and that in times of crisis they can’t get the help they need. We have a choice this election, between more of the same from Scott Moe, or, a plan that invests in the people of Prince Albert.”
Saskatchewan New Democrats are committed to opening a mental health emergency room in Prince Albert. This commitment comes after continuous calls to the Sask. Party government to address the limited mental health resources in the city, including a lack of child psychiatrists and psychiatric beds went unanswered. Despite healthcare providers and families raising alarm bells, there have been no plans or commitments offered by Scott Moe for mental health investments in PA.
Meili was joined by Kara Thorpe, a mom of three who has had to navigate long waits to access mental healthcare for her kids.
“After experiencing long waits for the care my kids needed, it couldn’t be more clear that we need consistent, timely, and appropriate healthcare,” said Thorpe. “I am so grateful to see that an issue that’s this important to me and my family is coming up this provincial election, because we need these services, and we need investment in people. We shouldn’t have to wait and struggle to get the healthcare our city deserves.”
In addition to mental health ERs in Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Regina, and Moose Jaw, New Democrats have committed to:
- Investing $5 million in a suicide prevention strategy
- Providing funding to hire mental health supports in classrooms
- Funding an opioid and crystal meth strategy
- Increasing addiction support by $10 million.