New Investments in Campus Mental Health Move Ontario in the Right Direction

Posted May 06, 2017

There is new evidence that the Mental Health system is under increasing strain with waiting times for young people to be seen by mental health and addiction services lengthening says Labour's Health spokesperson David Clark.

Over the past decade, the number of people using mental mental health services had jumped from 96,000 a year, to nearly 168,000, Dr Coleman said.

State Sen. Robert Gordon, D-Bergen, has proposed a $90 million measure that would reimburse mental health providers for shortfalls resulting from the new payment plan. One important step would be to increase the funding for supports at colleges to levels that more closely align with the funding provided to high schools.

"Our Dickensian institutions of past years ago are something we never want to go back to", the Health Minister said as he announced a drive to improve mental health and addiction services.

For more information about Mental Health Awareness Week visit the dedicated webpage at or follow the #MHAW17 hashtag on social media.

Tivi Galleries in Kuujjuaq is selling these green sealskin ribbons during May, Mental Health Month.

Susan Parmelee is a mental health social worker and one of the founders of the Wellness & Prevention Center, San Clemente.

He said 60 per cent of suicides in the previous year were people who hadn't accessed help.

"The health and wellbeing of all of our colleagues is of the utmost importance to us and this is why we are more focused than ever in providing support for those who need it and working hard to end the discrimination and stigma associated with mental health".

Ontario supports the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health and the Good2Talk/ Allo, j'écoute mental health helpline, which provides direct counseling and referral services 24 hours a day, seven days a week in English and French.

That's to ensure the justice, health and welfare departments all worked together to make sure people are getting the right help.

"Our government is committed to creating a more coordinated and responsive mental health system in Ontario".

"Everyone can suffer from mental illness at any stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood", says Michael Lappen, Administrator at the Behavioral Health Division.