Ontario Invests $12M more Towards Mental Health Supports during COVID

Published on January 23, 2021

Increased in-patient mental health beds & support for seniors will benefit Mississauga-Malton, and are part of our government's comprehensive mental health and addictions plan.  

We recognize that even prior to the Pandemic, Ontarians were already coping with anxiety, stress, and other mental health-related issues. The added financial pressures and uncertainty over the future have certainly not made this any easier on our community.

That is why we are proud to say our government introduced an additional $12M towards mental health supports during COVID-19, in order to protect the most vulnerable members of our community. This additional support specifically includes $467 200 for the William Osler Health System in Brampton, and $934 400 for Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga. 

“As a local Member of Provincial Parliament, the protection of the most vulnerable constituents is my number-one priority,” said MPP Deepak Anand. “A sizable portion of today’s announced funding goes directly to services accessible to residents of the Peel Region, which will go a long way in addressing some of the non-financial impacts of the ongoing Pandemic, including increased anxiety and disconnect.”

“Recent high-profile incidents in our region over the last year have only reinforced the need for increased mental health supports during this time.”

 

Strategic Investments:

In order to ensure Ontarians have access to the mental health services they need, three additional facets of today’s announcement include:

  • Up to $130 000 in additional funding for the Seniors Safety Line, to hire and train more operators to address the higher call volumes generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The support services provided by this line are already in 200 different languages, befitting of the rich linguistic diversity of our community.
  • Up to $164,000 in additional funding to support the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health's (CAMH) Wellbeing in Later-Life education and awareness program for seniors. This program will provide training for health care and support staff working within retirement homes and long-term care homes to increase their understanding and awareness of the mental health challenges of older adults for whom they care. 
  • Up to $194 million in additional emergency mental health and addictions funding to expand services such as virtual tools and counselling.

 

For Further Information: 

All of this is in accordance with our government's Roadmap to Wellness plan, which will pump in $3.8 billion over the next 10 years to deliver high-quality care.

“I am confident that these long-term investments will build a modern, accessible and comprehensive health care system that will mitigate the long-term effects of the Pandemic on our community members,” MPP Anand said. “This is especially true for those who are hesitant to access mental health services due to the surrounding stigma.”

“We should always be open to reach out to our loved ones or community supports for help,” concluded MPP Anand. “This is a very important conversation to have, especially in these troubling times.”

To find the right mental health and addictions supports for you, visit COVID-19: Support for People to find information about the many available, confidential and free options. For a Peel Region-specific comprehensive list of resources, please see the following.

For the full press release from the Ontario Government, please visit the following.

- Office of MPP Deepak Anand

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