Parity in funding for mental health services means better access for patients in the district.
"What we see today is we have a universal medical system that doesn't guarantee access to many mental health services," says Sara Dias, executive director for the Kenora Branch of the Canadian Association of Mental Health.
Dias notes there was a lot of talk about improvements to mental health services during the spring election, and she's waiting to see how this translates into resources at the local level.
"Depression will be the second leading cause of disease world wide, and in Canada it will be the leading cause," she added.
While 7.2 per cent of the country's health budgets are allocated to mental health, Dias says the cost of mental health services is far larger. She compares Canada's spending with countries like Britain, where more than 13 per cent of their budget goes to mental health.
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