Whereas, psychological health is a key element to health and healthy living;
Whereas, a large proportion of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians will experience mental health disorders in their lifetime; (one in five Canadians experiences a mental disorder, with depression and anxiety being most common);
Whereas, a large number of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians will experience stress related health issues, compromised employment and relationship disturbance for which psychological therapies are the treatment of choice;
Whereas, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians continue to have difficulty accessing psychological services;
Whereas, the number of psychologists trained and practicing in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador has not been adequate to meet the needs of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians;
Be it resolved that, the province of Newfoundland and Labrador will increase access to psychological services for all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians by:
a) increasing the number of staffed psychologists providing direct service to Newfoundlanders and Labradorians in publicly funded institutions to make these services more available to those in need.
b) undertake discussions with the Association of Psychology in Newfoundland Labrador to develop other strategies to address the psychological needs of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.