It is not what our peaceful rally achieved in terms of a commitment for a Long Treatment Center,but it did bring our plight out in the open and brought us all together! The Successes hopefully will come.. when they realize we are not going away !!
It was a small turnout ( 100),not bad for our first attempt to gain the public & the politicians' ears & eyes to the epidemic numbers of those suffering in silence with addiction & mental health issues on PEI.
Diane Young is to be commended for having the courage to take this step,arranging this protest, with the recent loss of son to suicide. As shown by the tearful,emotional speech she gave imploring our government to act on long term treatment!!
She was followed by others ,who took to the mic,shared their families journeys, showing the gaps,absence of adequate treatment within our system.Mr.Ghiz could have saved ,we the taxpayers, a whole lot of money spent on papers,research & studies if he would just listen to the people impacted!!!
His whole thought process is system( and money) oriented..not client..and there lies the problem !! Within the whole treatment program !!
He spoke without compassion or empathy..but he spoke.He did not promise a long term rehab program, only deferred this to his new Chief mental health and addictions officer, Dr.Rhonda Matters.Dr.Matters Job is to...yep..study the problem and report her findings back to her boss,He promises he will then act accordingly to her findings..Have you ever seen the Movie "Wag The Dog" ?
It does not matter that 20 people took their lives last year due to Addiction & Mental Health issues!!
Nor does it matter how many more we will lose this year !
Well Mr.Ghiz..It matters to ME!!
It matters to many other Families pleading for help !
How Much is a Life worth these days ?