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Euthanizing the mentally ill without providing proper supports is reprehensible

National Post: 'For a nation that takes so much pride in our so-called universal health-care system, it’s ironic that we’ll soon be closer to offering universal death care than passable medicare...

'...Even prior to the housing crisis and record inflation, too many people had to choose between their mental health and paying their bills. Now, household budgets are even tighter just as rates of anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation soar as we exit the pandemic. According to a January Angus Reid poll, one in three Canadians now report mental health struggles and nearly a quarter say they’re depressed. Seven per cent say they’re “barely getting by.”

'Even for those who can afford to seek care, the system that was already bad is now even worse. Not through the fault of those who work in it, but because demand far exceeds supply. While there have been occasional funding announcements over the years, no federal or provincial party has come near to closing the gap. Glaringly absent from the federal Liberals’ 2022 budget was a promised mental health transfer of $4.5 billion over five years.'

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