the Canadian Psychological Association placed the following
“2009 Psychology Month Facts” on their web site:

* One in five Canadians will experience a mental disorder in their lifetimes.

* The kinds of mental health problems most likely to be experienced by
Canadians are depression and anxiety.

* According to the World Health Organization, by 2020, depression will
be the second leading cause of disability adjusted life years for all
ages and both sexes (second to heart disease).[1]

* According to the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health
(or CAMIMH of which CPA is a member), two out of three people with a
diagnosable mental disorder in Canada do not receive seek or receive
care.  Many factors influence the low utilization of service but these
include the stigma involved in seeking help for a mental health problem
and the availability and accessibility of needed treatments.

* Also according to CAMIMH, it is estimated that Canada loses 30 billion
dollars annually in direct and lost productivity associated with mental
health problems and addiction.[2]

* Research has shown that for the most common mental disorders, anxiety
and depression, psychological therapies such are treatments of choice.

* Psychologists are Canada’s single largest group of licensed and
specialized mental health care providers and it is psychologists who are
primary researchers and providers of evidence-based psychological treatments.

* There are important barriers to accessing psychological service in
Canada. With cuts to public institutional resource, psychologists are
increasingly working in the private sector where their services are not
covered by public health insurance plans. This means that many people
without funds or private health insurance cannot access the services of
psychologist.

* Though psychologists tell us that their services are well utilized and
wait lists exist even for private practice services, it is a significant
concern to the members of the profession and the professional
organizations of psychology that many Canadians cannot access the
psychological services they need.

* Other countries have increasingly recognized the need to afford their
citizenry access to psychological service. As of 2006, public health
insurance in Australia covers services provided by registered
psychologists. The UK has undertaken to spend ?170 million on improving
access to psychological therapies by 2011.

* Canadians deserve access to the right health service from the right
provider in the right place and at the right time. Psychologists invite
Canada’s policy and decision-makers to join us in making access to
service a mental health priority for Canada.

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