February 23, 2016

Alberta’s mental health report exposes NDP’s social justice priorities: More money for windmills than men

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator
 

The Alberta government has just released a report into mental health and addiction in the province.

The report details several recommendations to make the mental health and addictions treatment system in Alberta better. It lays out 6 major directives for the government to act on. Of those directives, 3 involve addictions, 2 involve children.

The report itself has a heavy focus on access to treatment for aboriginals and youth. Great. It should be much easier to find mental health treatment in our own communities. In the face of the spate in fentanyl deaths and overdoses in Alberta, I’m very pleased to see the government taking an interest in making an investment in addiction treatment. It saves lives.

When you really drill down, the report misses something vital. The report itself seems to include suicide as an afterthought. Given the 30 percent hike in the number of suicides in Alberta, it really should have been a focus not a bookend. While the report refers over and over to the demographics we often think of as the ones who face mental health challenges, aboriginals and youth, it fails to mention the demographic that ends their lives by their own hands most frequently.

Middle aged men kill themselves in remarkably higher instances than any other group. According to Statistics Canada data, men kill themselves at 3 times the rate of women and the highest rate of suicide is men aged 40 to 59. Our dads and grandpas are killing themselves at much higher rates than youth or women. Consistently, year over year. How can any mental health initiative not make this staggering fact a centrepiece? Statistics Canada data also describes the contributing factors to suicide. These include loss and financial hardship. We have a lot of that going around in Alberta.

But really, is the government serious about mental health at all? Well, after this much awaited report, the government has promised to commit just an additional $4 million dollars to mental health in Alberta. This is a province of over 4 million people. That’s a buck a person when we are in the middle of a suicide crisis. The NDP just dished out an additional $5 million in subsidies for green tech companies in January. They also added an extra $30 million dollars in funding for green transit initiatives across the province. Seems to me, the NDP have their priorities wrong.

If the government wants to save lives, our dads and grandfathers need to be a focus in any mental health strategy, not an afterthought. I know middle age, middle class men aren’t exactly the favourites of the social justice types in our government but their lives matter. This government needs to care more about middle aged men than they do about windmills and electric buses.

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commented 2016-02-25 23:44:23 -0500
Sam, while questioning the motive behind the suicides is fine, downplaying them like they don’t exist or don’t matter – is not fine!!

Judge a society by how it treats it’s most vulnerable. That’s the Lefty mantra, and we really need to go after it. It’s because of that belief, couple with the lie that all (White) men are “privileged” that ppl like Notley wouldn’t give a rats tail, and worse, is probably laughing about it long with Bill 6.

The correct phrase is; Judge a society, by how it treats ALL of it’s citizens!!
commented 2016-02-25 04:09:08 -0500
My comment on Sheila’s warning about Trudeau’s wife was meant to be both a counter example and evidence of Sheila blowing things out of proportion.

You’re asking me to prove that the Alberta government did not create an increase in suicide rate? How am I supposed to prove that something did not happen? If you have watched enough of Ezra’s videos, he rants against having to prove a negative.

Maybe people killed themselves because Danielle Smith jumped ship. Or maybe people killed themselves because the Flames need a new arena. Maybe people killed themselves because Sheila got a job at the rebel. Now what if I asked you to disprove any of these points? I am sure Albertans dying and Sheila letting her rebel job go to her head are no coincidence.

Ezra and his old co workers at the Sun lost their jobs. Did any of them kill themselves?
commented 2016-02-24 15:15:29 -0500
I am calling for a public inquiry to search for missing and disillusioned Canadian taxpayers. It will never happen because their isn’t an advocacy group calling on the government for it.
commented 2016-02-24 10:12:54 -0500
the ndp wouldnt want their demographic getting mentally healthy..
commented 2016-02-24 09:52:07 -0500
@ George Luck

“Just wait to see what the man / boy in Ottawa does with our money.”

Didn’t you mean “Twit”? Or were you trying to give him/her/it the benefit of the doubt. (Wow … David Eggans politically correct way of referring to a person has finally worked for me!)
commented 2016-02-24 09:15:25 -0500
Isn’t it interesting that every time liberals come to power they go out of their way to waste the people’s money on these stupid and wasteful, so called, ‘green’ projects. Look at Ontario where the Liberal Party has all but bankrupted the province by forcing the hugely expensive and hugely inefficient wind and solar projects on the people. The high cost of electricity which is a direct result has chased virtually all the big manufacturers and the associated jobs out of the province. Even that stupid man in the White House has gone out of his way to fund his ‘green’ wet dreams. Just wait to see what the man / boy in Ottawa does with our money. Albertans should brace for the worst.
commented 2016-02-24 09:03:51 -0500
Sam said, "The oil industry being in a slump and an increase in suicide is a correlation, not a positive causation. "

Fancy way of saying, “It’s just a coincidence.”

There is no evidence that the job losses are not the cause, but the correlation is too strong to ignore the job losses as the cause.

Sam said, “And why are you quoting the CBC? Since when did anybody here take the CBC seriously?”

The CBC was just quoting statistics in that article. Sam, every day I read, listen to video, and listen to audio from CBC, CTV, Global, CPAC, TheRebel, and a variety of other sites as time permits. I like to have both sides of the story, both the right and left slants to the news.

Sam asked, “How many people actually kill themselves when they lose their jobs?”

You question is just conjecture. Don’t build an argument from it. Stick with the facts we have.

Can you explain the highly suspicious coincidence that the suicides rate spiked 30% just after the mass layoffs, when the same time period years previous they did not spike?

Sam asked, "Have all of you had to get admitted to the psych ward because you watched Sheila show you the video of Trudeau’s wife’s infomercial? I didn’t think so. "

Your argument here is specious and non correlative. Watching a grotesque video about drinking flavored menstrual is not at all comparable to losing one’s 180K job, home, truck, and all the toys these guys usually buy (quads & snowmobiles).

There is a very strong case to be made for the mental anguish that goes along with losing most of what you own when all most of these guys have known is an extremely lucrative job. This type of job loss can cause serious marital issues as well.

No, Sam, your argument is not based upon any facts. There is more evidence to support Sheila’s conclusion than yours.
commented 2016-02-24 02:50:42 -0500
One would think that mental health would be the top priority of all NDP jurisdictions.
commented 2016-02-24 02:28:06 -0500
Granted the NDP are bad, but what makes you think that I voted for them? I voted for Harper every chance I got. I have even worked on three separate conservative campaigns.

And do you understand the difference between a correlation and a causation? The oil industry being in a slump and an increase in suicide is a correlation, not a positive causation.

And why are you quoting the CBC? Since when did anybody here take the CBC seriously?

How many people actually kill themselves when they lose their jobs? If that was the case, then you would see a much higher suicide rate. Or for that matter, most people would have been dead by now.

The irony here is that if it were not for the NDP, then Sheila would have almost nothing to build her reporting career on. So Sheila, thank the NDP, as you are one of the few people that actually benefited from them.
This is just Sheila trying to overblow everything out of proportion. That is what she does. Have all of you had to get admitted to the psych ward because you watched Sheila show you the video of Trudeau’s wife’s infomercial? I didn’t think so.

This is the news media. Take it with a grain of salt.
commented 2016-02-24 01:30:18 -0500
the NDP being extreme communist, anti male, anti family, pro feminist, pro abortion, anti christian, tree hugging, gay promoting, anti industry degenerates want us all fucking dead in order to save the planet. why the hell would they promote saving people from suicide?
commented 2016-02-24 01:24:19 -0500
Well of course, men are evil and do not deserve any help. But if we were to stop paying taxes we would get jailed real fast.
commented 2016-02-24 01:24:04 -0500
Peter, San can’t help being retarded in the literal sense of the word. He actually backs the NDP which highlights his incurable condition.
commented 2016-02-24 00:25:45 -0500
@ Sam Young

1) The CBC article Sheila quoted (view 1:10 on the video) sited the suicide death in Alberta went up 30% because of the oilpatch mass layoffs.

2) The NDP are largely responsible for the oilpatch layoff because of their policies. Many companies have stated so in their press releases.

And surprise, surprise, Sam, you are not grasping the direct correlation. Is it willful blindness on your part, Sam? Are the NDP your party, Sam?
commented 2016-02-23 21:58:15 -0500
Notley, oops I mean NAZI and the Nazi Spew are wasting oxygen that real people with brains could be breathing ! I agree with Andrew and Deborah G , they are heartless bastards with no soul !
commented 2016-02-23 20:25:20 -0500
Communists are heartless bastards!
commented 2016-02-23 20:21:55 -0500
And this is something that we all know – however the lefty folks do not care – simple as that.
commented 2016-02-23 20:17:16 -0500
The archetype of the modern man…is Don Quixote ….tipping against the windmills.
commented 2016-02-23 20:12:05 -0500
Surprise, surprise, Sheila is once again rambling about how Alberta NDP are responsible for jacking up the rate of suicide.
commented 2016-02-23 19:46:39 -0500
But us middle aged men are the most likely to vote against the Non-Democratic Party, so it is best we kill ourselves and decrease the surplus population of intelligent voters.
commented 2016-02-23 19:42:31 -0500
They are white trash at best and patriarchal oppressors at worst…..the only alternative left to them is to live up to their stereotype….get mean spirited….and kick some ass.