Dear Blue Collar,
I hope you’ll share my story. To all those in favour of public health care — who say the rich can just pay for private health care in another country — this is not the case with mental health services. I suffered a severe mental breakdown while waiting to see a psychiatrist in Canada. I waited 5 months to see a specialist, but my situation was far from the worst; many must wait 16-18 months to see a psychiatrist depending on where they live. Canada’s system is broken. How do you help with this?
Answer: We know that access to mental health services in Canada is a major issue. And our mental health system is nowhere near prepared to cope with what’s become a global mental health pandemic.
Unfortunately we can’t help everyone. But Blue Collar clients gain access to a large team of registered psychologists (not resilience coaches or social workers) who operate outside the system. This means ongoing, one-on-one interaction with a dedicated therapist, anytime/anyplace CBT, and personalized meds (via genetic testing).
Blue Collar disability managers also remove systemic (WCB and public health care) roadblocks that hinder recovery. And lastly, we provide access to a 24/7, Alberta-based crisis line.
Good luck to you.