A motion to mandate the federal government to increase mental health education has been tabled in the House of Commons.
London-Fanshawe NDP MP Irene Mathyssen brought forward motion M-61 on Thursday.
The New Democrat Veterans critic says she’s concerned about the lack of funding in the 2016 budget for mental health to support veterans, military personnel, first responders and retired and volunteer first responders.
Speaking with AM980, Mathyssen expressed concerns about a lack of funding in the 2016 Liberal budget for mental health.
“Stigma or not, it’s a reality,” she said. “We’ve seen a number of suicides among discharged veterans, and even within the Canadian Forces we know that there’s a great deal of stress among first responders, it’s time that we responded.”
Mathyssen said we all need to work together to find a solution.
“My guess is that we probably haven’t got a very clear understanding of just how much of a problem there is out there, how many people are suffering, and we need to understand that first,” she said.
Mathyssen believes we are currently not doing enough for the men and women who have willingly risked their lives for the well-being of our country.
“Every day, military personnel and first responders face traumatic stressors that greatly increase their susceptibility to operational stress injuries such as PTSD,” said Mathyssen. “We need to remember that these heroes are human too, and we need to give them the care that they deserve.”