CASA calls on feds to increase mental health funding and supports

July 24, 2014

The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) has issued a policy paper calling on the federal government to create a sustainable mental health policy. The report urges the government to address key areas including the stigma around mental illness and a lack of funding in the sector. CASA is requesting 5 specific commitments from the federal government: the creation of a pan-Canadian approach to mental health for the PSE sector; increased funding to the Mental Health Commission of Canada for initiatives to reduce the stigma of mental illness; improved data on youth mental health and the effects of mental health on students specifically; increased investment and support for mental health federally and through collaboration with the provinces and institutions; increased financial support for students; and additional time for students affected by mental illness to repay loans. “Policy changes in this field have the ability to positively affect students across the country,” said CASA board Chair Travis Gordon. CASA News Release | Toronto Star | Policy Paper