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Mental Health Coalition of NS Supports Automatic PTSD Coverage for Emergency Responders

March 17, 2015


A COPY OF THE PRESS RELEASE FROM THE MENTAL HEALTH COALITION ON NS ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:

The Mental Health Coalition of Nova Scotia Organizing Committee is offering its support for Bill 11, the Private Member’s Bill introduced by Dave Wilson in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly on October 1st, 2014. If enacted, Bill 11 would ensure automatic coverage for PTSD for emergency responders covered under worker’s compensation.

According to Co-Chair, Donna Methot, “We believe that people living with and affected by mental illness in Nova Scotia should have access to timely and effective resources and relevant healthcare choices to achieve optimal mental health. Bill 11 addresses an unmet need for emergency first responders, living with PTSD, in this province”.

“We encourage all MLA’s to give serious consideration to approving Bill 11. It is the hope of the Mental Health Coalition Organizing Committee of Nova Scotia that there will be increased awareness of the need to invest in mental health services. Bill 11 will reduce the lengthy process involved in accessing services and receiving compensation. Emergency First Responders, living with PTSD, need support for recovery; not stress and financial hardship.”

The Mental Health Coalition of Nova Scotia, a non-partisan group of concerned individuals and organizations, raises the priority of mental health issues on the government agenda and addresses the chronic under funding of services.

Mental Health Care is a non-partisan issue. Methot concluded: “We would welcome similar initiatives from the other two parties”.

Sign the petition to ensure automatic PTSD coverage for emergency responders: https://classic.nsndp.ca/PTSD