Today, I am pleased to share with you a new investment being made by the Ontario government that will provide faster access to mental health and addictions services across the province. Approximately 30 per cent of people in Ontario will experience a mental health and/or substance abuse challenge at some point in their lifetime. This new investment will ensure thousands more people can get the support they need when they need it.
Ontario is supporting more access to therapy to help thousands of people living with conditions like anxiety and depression learn strategies to improve their mental health and be more successful in their daily lives. Structured psychotherapy offers evidence-based therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, to people online or in-person through individual or group sessions.
Young people aged 12 to 25 can receive walk-in, one-stop access to mental health and addictions services, as well as other health, social and employment supports all under one roof through the development of nine hubs. These integrated youth service hubs help with early identification and intervention to prevent more serious issues from developing later in life. Funding will help expand and improve youth service hubs, while exploring the creation of up to five new sites across the province.
Furthermore, up to 1,150 additional supportive housing units across Ontario will be available for people living with mental illness and addictions, especially those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. These housing units would provide a secure and affordable place to live, as well as providing counselling services.
The province is working to transform the mental health and addictions system into one that is equitable, high-performing and recovery-oriented, where every person in Ontario can access consistent, high-quality services, no matter where they live. This includes ensuring mental illness is treated like any other chronic disease.
More information is available at:
Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care: www.health.gov.on.ca/en/ms/ecfa/healthy_change/
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Tracy MacCharles - MPP Pickering-Scarborough East