CADDRA and CADDAC call for all Federal Parties to Address Inequities to Access to Mental Health Care in Canada
CADDRA – The Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance and The Centre for ADHD Awareness (CADDAC) call on all federal parties to commit to improving access to mental health care for Canadians living with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
By including ADHD assessment and treatment in national mental health initiatives, we can reduce the stigma associated with ADHD and create barrier-free access for ADHD assessment and treatment. Research has shown that ADHD is the number one childhood mental health disorder, with 60%-80% of ADHD cases persisting into adulthood.1
CADDRA and CADDAC call upon all federal parties to commit to investing in resources, training and infrastructure that will address the following:
- Improve access to mental health care for Canadians living with ADHD
- Enable a National Health Care Strategy that includes ADHD assessment and treatment as a routine part of a mental health assessment
- Commit to funding for training of physicians and allied health providers that treat ADHD.
Our vision is to have Canadian federal parties work collectively to create a mental health care system that integrates ADHD care so Canadians living with ADHD can get the mental health support when and where they need it.
The COVID-19 pandemic has adversely impacted access to care for all Canadians but especially for those living with ADHD.