The 68th annual CMHA Mental Health Week begins May 6. Canadians are hearing the Canadian Mental Health Association’s call to GET LOUD for mental health and they are raising their voices to end discrimination, stigma and shame at mentalhealthweek.ca.
To launch Mental Health Week, the province announced an additional $174 million in funding to address the critical gaps in Ontario’s system and to support patients and families living with mental health and addictions challenges.
Included in the overall investment of $174 million is nearly $30 million for child and youth mental health services and programs across Ontario, as well as more than $27 million to fund mental health supports in Ontario’s education system, which will directly benefit schools, teachers and, most importantly, students and their parents.
“In my consultations with secondary and even elementary school stakeholders in Markham-Stouffville, I know that there is a need to have these services available to students,” says MPP Paul Calandra. “I look forward to sharing details of this new funding with the education community in the weeks ahead.”
This year’s additional mental health and addiction funding will include:
- Providing children and youth with earlier and faster mental health and addictions help at schools and in the community;
- More housing support for people who are homeless and face mental health and addictions issues;
- New mobile crisis teams that will help police officers and other first responders manage sensitive situations when assisting people with severe mental illness; and
- Faster access to addictions treatment for all Ontarians.