Access to Mental Health Services: Blake Loates

Mental health problems and poverty can work together in a vicious cycle – people with a mental illness are more likely to be swept into poverty, and the strain of living in poverty increases people’s risk of developing a mental illness. Appropriate mental health services help people escape that cycle, but high costs and long wait lists can keep people from accessing those services when they need them.

This week we spoke with Blake Loates, a mental health advocate, photographer, and founder of We All Believe in You, a local mental health peer support organization. To hear Blake’s perspective on the links between poverty, mental health services and the upcoming provincial election, you can watch the video above.

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Here are some ideas for personalizing your letter:
  1. Introduce yourself (who you are, what you do, how long you’ve lived in your riding etc.)
  2. Through their research, End Poverty Edmonton has identified six areas where Alberta needs to im-prove in order to address poverty. Choose one or more of these areas that resonate with you and tell your candidate why you believe it’s important.
    • Livable incomes
    • Affordable housing
    • Access to mental health services
    • Affordable, accessible transit
    • Eliminating racism
    • Affordable and quality childcare

    Feel free to build on these ideas or add some of your own.
  3. If you have ideas about how the provincial government could help tackle these issues, share those ideas with your candidates.