Achieving Parity for Mental Health

How can BC value mental health and physical health equally?

BC has experienced some dramatic political shifts in the last year. A new provincial government has made a commitment to ensure that people in need of mental health and addiction services can “ask once, get help fast.” But how can BC move from policy commitments to accessible supports and services that keep people well? What can we learn from other countries on this journey? 

In this webinar, Kendra Milne, CMHA BC’s Senior Director of Policy, Planning and Government Relations, discusses the current political context in BC, specifically outlining the promising policy shifts we have witnessed since the 2017 provincial election and highlighting opportune areas for positive change. Then, Chris Naylor, a Senior Fellow at The King's Fund, provides an overview of the changes that have taken place in policy and practice in the UK since the government announced a similar commitment to parity of esteem in 2014. He shares some examples of progress stemming from the UK's mental health strategy “The five year forward view for mental health” and identifies opportunities for and challenges in turning strategy into services.

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Chris Naylor, Senior Fellow, Policy

The King's Fund



Chris conducts research and policy analysis and acts as a spokesperson for The King’s Fund on a range of topics. He is also an executive coach and works with leaders in the health system to support change at the local level. He contributes to The King’s Fund’s work on integrated care and health system reform, and has particular interests in mental health and community engagement.

Chris joined The King's Fund in 2007. He previously worked in research teams at the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health and the Institute of Psychiatry, and has a Masters in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has also worked at the Public Health Foundation of India in Delhi.


Kendra Milne, Senior Director of Policy & Govt Relations

Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division



Kendra leads CMHA BC's public policy work. She previously held the position of Director of Law Reform at West Coast LEAF and worked as a staff lawyer at Community Legal Assistance Society. Throughout her career, she has been committed to using her legal skills as a tool for positive social change with an emphasis on shaping provincial laws and policies to ensure that all people in BC can live with dignity and security. In particular, her work has focused on social assistance schemes, housing security, human rights, equality and now, mental health and addictions.

Kendra has a B.Sc in physics and math and a law degree from the University of Victoria. She is a research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives BC office, and currently she sits on the executive committee of the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition and on the boards of PovNet and the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children. 



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