‘Funding alone will not fix the system’: Report on Manitoba mental health, addictions

Manitoba has released a 267-page report that outlines the current state and strategies to improve access and coordination of mental health services. The report highlights major issues such as access services, limited availability of services in rural and northern communitites, gaps in the continuum from acute to primary care, and etc. Manitoba has been reported as the highest or very high on almost all substance use/addiction and mental health factors, and has been reported that the province's funding is well below the national benchmark of 7.2% of health funding to mental health and addictions, at 5.1%. However, simply funding these initiatives and programs will not solve the problem, and the provincial government must take action to comprehensively improve the current state of mental health services across all demographics, and systems. 

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