Ontario Recognizes World Mental Health DayPublished on October 10, 2019
Ontario supporting mental health initiatives in Mississauga-Lakeshore, and across the province.
MISSISSAUGA – Suicide continues to be a serious global health problem, with someone losing their life to suicide every 40 seconds. In Ontario, about 14 per cent of high school students reported having seriously contemplated suicide in the past year and about four per cent reported having attempted suicide.
Today, on October 10th, the government is recognizing the World Health Organization’s World Mental Health Day. This year, WHO has chosen to focus on suicide prevention – an issue that affects many Ontarians each year. On World Mental Health Day, Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore, is encouraging Ontarians to come together to raise awareness about mental health and suicide and learn more about suicide prevention resources and local community-based supports.
“We can all make a difference in our own way and help those in our community who are facing mental health challenges,” said Cuzzetto. “Most of us know friends, family members or colleagues that face these challenges. Reach out to people who may be struggling, let them know they are not alone, and that supports are available. Working together, we can break the stigma around mental illness, prevent suicide and provide better care for people facing mental health challenges.”
The government has made mental health a priority, including investing in more on-the-ground services across Ontario, including right here in Mississauga-Lakeshore.
“This increased funding to our communities is part of our government’s investment of $174 million this year in addictions and mental health services,” said Cuzzetto. “We will continue to consult with local frontline care providers and listen to the people who are impacted the most – to ensure residents in Mississauga will have better access to appropriate care in our community, where and when they need it.”
The government will invest $3.8 billion over 10 years to build a mental health and addictions system where high-quality services are easier to find and focus on better outcomes for Ontarians.
Office of Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP