Statement On World Mental Health Day 2023

10 October 2023


Access to the proper care and services for your mental health and well-being is a universal human right. Period.

With 1 in 5 Canadians experiencing a mental health-related problem/illness, we all have a responsibility to ensure that resources, affordable access to services and support, increased awareness, an end to the stigma, and much more are all achieved. We also have a responsibility to hold our leaders to account to ensure that mental health for all is being taken as a global and national priority. People can not wait any longer for the care that they need and deserve.

Good mental health allows us to cope with challenges, connect with others, and thrive throughout our lives. It’s vital and deserves to be recognized and respected.

While we have and continue to make great progress with increased awareness, access to resources, and even through expanded crisis support, our work is not done.

I urge our leaders to continue to work collaboratively with people with lived experience, mental health organizations, research groups, and more, to ensure better care for all.

For more on my calls to the Government of Canada for 2023, this past year, visit



The views expressed on this website and any social media account (@joshuamjbell) are those solely of Joshua Bell. The information on this website should not be taken as medical advice. If you are in a mental health crisis or need help, reach out and make that connection

I acknowledge that I, in Hamilton and everywhere in Canada, am located on the traditional territories of many Indigenous Communities and that we all have a responsibility to learn more about the rich history and culture of Indigenous Communities and their People as we work toward full reconciliation.

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