Whereas, psychological health is a key element to health and healthy living;
Whereas, a large proportion of Islanders 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 Islanders will experience stress related health issues, compromised employment and relationship disturbance for which psychological therapies are the treatment of choice;
Whereas, Islanders continue to have difficulty accessing psychological services;
Whereas, the number of psychologists trained and practicing in the province of Prince Edward Island has not been adequate to meet the needs of Islanders the government will commit to ;
a) funding seats for Islanders in already established Psychology Programs such as Memorial, Dalhousie, UNB, and University of Moncton
b) considering the feasibility of establishing a PsyD program on PEI so that more psychologists can be trained here and stay here to work
c) establishing funded internships for psychology within education and health on PEI, again attracting potential long term employees to our province
d) offering bursaries, grants, and rebates that would encourage new psychologists and psychological associates to work on PEI.
Be it further resolved that the Province of Prince Edward Island significantly increase the number of staffed psychologists providing direct service to Islanders in Health, Mental Health, Addictions, and Education to help meet the needs of Islanders and make these services more available to middle and low income residents
The delivery of health services in PEI would also be improved by providing psychological services with and through Family Health Teams and encouraging the promotion of psychologists to leadership positions, particularly in mental health.
This will be undertaken through dialogue with interested parties including the Psychological Association of Prince Edward Island.
Note: PAPEI would like to thank the Canadian Psychological Association (www.cpa.ca) for their financial, policy and logistical support of this project.