Blue Monday is the third Monday in January and is considered one of the most depressing days of the year. It’s a perfect opportunity to talk to each other about mental health, and advocate for more resources to be put towards mental health initiatives in the province.
The NSGEU Board of Directors recognizes the important work NSGEU members do each day, helping to support people who are struggling with mental health issues in Nova Scotia.
Research has shown that depression is the fourth leading cause of disability and premature death worldwide. Yet, less than 4% of the health budget in Nova Scotia is devoted to the treatment of all forms of mental illness including depression. Our members who work in mental health are often working understaffed and are calling for more support.
So on Blue Monday, let’s thank the women and men who work in mental health and renew the call for more funding and support for appropriate mental health services in Nova Scotia.