N.S. Liberals call out government’s plan to offer one free counselling session

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By The Staff The Canadian Press Posted February 27, 2023 11:21 am Updated February 27, 2023 11:28 am 1:40 5 provinces reach health-care deal with federal government Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Ontario, Nova Scotia, PEI, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador have all agreed, in principle, to the government’s health-care plan. Since the beginning of the month, the focus has been to get bi-lateral agreements in places with all provinces and territories. Katherine Ward has more on today’s announcement. Nova Scotia’s official Opposition is criticizing the province’s recent announcement that it will pay for a single one-hour counselling session for residents. The Liberal party’s mental health critic says a one-hour appointment is not nearly enough to address people’s needs.Rafah DiCostanzo says that five or more sessions are typically necessary for counselling to have an impact, adding that a single session does not carry much value if therapy isn’t continued.Nova Scotia’s Progressive Conservative government said last week that it will spend $2.3 million a year for one free session of individual, couples or family counselling that can be conducted by phone, online or in-person in Halifax, Sydney, Kentville and New Glasgow. Trending Now Story continues below advertisement DiCostanzo says the government’s plan is an expensive “Band-Aid fix.”The province says the free counselling session will complement existing virtual mental health tools available through Nova Scotia Health’s mental health and addictions website.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 27, 2023. 1:51 Nova Scotia hospital holds job fair in African Nova Scotian community &copy 2023 The Canadian Press Sponsored content Flyers

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