A message from the Government of Ontario on World Mental Health Day

[Title: Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions] Minister Tibollo>>My name is Michael Tibollo and I’m Ontario’s first Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. Today marks World Mental Health Day, which also happens to coincide with Mental Illness Awareness Week. This year, the focus of World Mental Health Day is on Suicide Prevention. Suicide is a problem that affects too many people across Ontario each and every year. Across Canada, suicide has become the second leading cause of death for young people ages 15-19. That is why our government is committed to building a mental health and addictions system where high quality services are easier to find and focused on better outcomes for Ontarians. Minister Elliott>>Our government is making mental health a priority by adding more connected mental health services for children and youth in schools, communities and health centres so no one has to wait for long periods of time to receive the mental health and addictions services that they need. We’ll be investing $3 million in funding over the next 3 years in a new mental health project called Project Now which aims to end child and youth suicide in Mississauga within the next decade. Minister Lecce>>We want to let kids living with mental health challenges know that they are not alone. This learning relates to every day experiences of students at home, at school, on their tablets and in their communities. Minister Smith>>When it comes to the well-being of children in Ontario, the long held status quo of stigmatizing and suffering in silence is rapidly becoming history. Those circumstances and struggles are different to each young person seeking help in all parts of the province. Mental health is health and that is true no matter where you are in Ontario. [Ontario logo]

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