Mental health issues have significantly affected my family, and millions of Canadians. My kids are in Kindergarten and Grade 2. As a father of two children, I know how challenging COVID has been for parents. Some of us have been laid off, or had hours reduced at work, and tried to hold it all together while our kids are in school online.
Mental health support is often hard to access for adults and children, it takes too long to access, and is too expensive for most families.
I know this pandemic has been very hard on children. Kids have not been able to celebrate birthdays like before with their grandparents. They can't go to indoor playgrounds. They missed playing with their hockey teams and gymnastics clubs. Kids didn't get to celebrate Christmas or Channukah or Eid or Easter with their extended families as they did in years past. The list goes on and on.
There are many children who need mental health supports.
“I know how difficult this pandemic has been on our children. I will use my leadership to fight for more mental health supports for our students."