It's Time for a National Perinatal Mental Health Strategy

People suffering from perinatal mental illness are poorly served by the Canadian health care system. According to a recent report from the Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative entitled Time for Action: Why Canada Needs A National Perinatal Mental Health Strategy Now More Than Ever, 95% of health care practitioners believe that perinatal mental health services are insufficient in Canada.

On June 3, Don introduced Bill C-306 An Act respecting a national perinatal mental health strategy in the House of Commons. 

This bill would require the Minister of Health to develop a national strategy to promote perinatal mental health across Canada including universal access to perinatal mental health screening during pregnancy and the post-partum period, timely treatment and increased research funding.

The mental health of parents has a profound impact on our society as whole. When moms and dads get the help they need, this leads to healthier children, families and communities.

It's time for a National Perinatal Mental Health Strategy!

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