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03/31/2016 15:29 EDT | Updated 04/01/2017 01:12 EDT

Doctors push call button during Saskatchewan election for mental- health help

MOOSE JAW, Sask. — Saskatchewan doctors say there are a staggering number of people in the province with mental-health issues who need more help.

The Saskatchewan Medical Association says one in five people, or almost 230,000, are struggling with mental illness or addictions.

Association president Dr. Mark Brown says long wait times, a shortage of specialists and increasing patient needs have led to significant gaps in the care available.

The association says psychiatrists are in short supply in Saskatchewan and at least 50 more will be needed by 2023.

Brown says doctors are speaking out because they want political leaders in the provincial election to talk about mental health.

Earlier in the campaign, the association called for better ways to care for seniors and for tobacco control, including regulations for electronic cigarettes.

The Canadian Press