Ontario Supporting Mental Health Initiatives in MississaugaPublished on October 07, 2019
Province Recognizing Mental Illness Awareness Week
MISSISSAUGA – Mental illness is a significant issue in Ontario, across Canada and around the world. Every year, 2.5 million Ontarians experience a mental health or addictions challenge. This week, the government is encouraging all Ontarians to have conversations about mental health, and the supports and resources that are available to those living with mental health challenges in our community.
October 6 – 12 is Mental Illness Awareness Week, and Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore, is encouraging Ontarians to learn more about what can be done to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.
“We can all make a difference in our own way and help those in our community who are facing mental health challenges,” said Cuzzetto. “Reach out to people who may be struggling, let them know they are not alone, and that support is available. Working together, we can break the stigma around mental illness, 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. Earlier this year, Ontario made province-wide investments to help support people, families and caregivers in Mississauga, and to enhance mental health services.
This includes $3 million for Project Now, which aims to eliminate child and youth suicides in Mississauga within the next decade, by 2029.
“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.”
- Ontario is committed to investing $3.8 billion over the next 10 years to develop and implement a comprehensive and connected mental health and addictions system.
- Ontario Adding More Mental Health and Addiction Services in Communities Across the Province
- For public inquiries call ServiceOntario, INFOline at 1-866-532-3161 (Toll-free in Ontario only)
Office of Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP