Access to Psychological Services for Canadians: Getting What Works to Work for Canada's Mental and Behavioural Health

Cohen, Karen R.; Peachey, David
May 2014
Canadian Psychology;May2014, Vol. 55 Issue 2, p126
Academic Journal
The incidence and prevalence of psychological problems and disorders has been receiving increasing attention in Canada. The personal and financial costs of mental disorders on Canadians, their workplaces, and the economy are significant. Although we have psychological treatments that work, less than half of those with mental or behavioural health needs seek and receive help. That many more people need help than receive it results from stigma, but also because psychological treatments are not funded by provincial health care plans and, at best, are underfunded by privately funded health care insurance. This article provides an overview of a report recently commissioned by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), which proposes and costs out alternate models for enhancing access to psychological services for Canadians. It presents the report's recommendations and the CPA's advocacy action plan for 2013-2014 so that Canadians get better access to needed and effective psychological care.


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