Manitoba ‘falling further behind’ in mental health care, advocates say – CBC

Patients, psychologists say there are too many barriers to care, call for better access to treatment

May 24, 2022

Working full time as a single mother to a five-year-old, Raven Deering has a lot on her plate.

The 25-year-old Brandon woman says she has received mental health treatment since she was a teen. But her mental health went downhill during the pandemic, and when she tried to book an appointment with her psychiatrist last year, she was told they’d retired.

Deering’s family doctor gave her an urgent requisition for a psychiatrist so she could return to psychotherapy and get her medication adjusted. Even with that referral, she says she was told the wait would be about eight months.

“That kind of broke my heart,” Deering said.

Advocates say the Brandonite is far from alone. Years of chronic underfunding have taken a toll, leading to staffing shortages, lengthy wait-lists and a system that’s difficult to navigate, according to the Manitoba Psychological Society (MPS).

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