Mental health is the latest topic to be debated on the campaign trail.
The three main political parties took part in a forum Thursday night hosted by the Mood Disorder Society.
NDP Candidate Sharon Blady, PC Candidate Myrna Driedger and Liberal Candidate Dr. Jon Gerrard debated seven pre-determined topics for about an hour and a half.
One hot topic was discharge procedures.
Bonnie Bricker has been fighting for the province to change the Personal Health Information Act ever since her son, Reid, was discharged from Health Science Centre in October, after three failed suicide attempts and hasn’t been seen since.
She tells 680 CJOB more resources need to be made available for those suffering from a mental health disorder.
“There are facilities all across the province where the current government has been reducing the number of beds, not increasing them. There’s a four year waiting list to get into some of these places. These people don’t have four years to live.”
All the candidates agreed a change to discharge protocols is needed.
Blady says the NDP has formed a mental health advisory group and is currently working to change discharge protocols.
Driedger, a former nurse, says families should be more involved when a patient is being released.
Gerrard says these cases have happened before and lessons haven’t been learned. He notes his party will make sure housing and a support system is in place for those being discharged.
Candidates also debated how to respond to a suicide crisis in remote northern Manitoba communities, providing greater access and sources to a Mental Health Court system and how their party would support immigrants.