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“Mental health is health,” Mike Schreiner said. “It needs to be a priority.”

The past two years of the pandemic have taken a tremendous toll on Ontarians’ mental health and well-being. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, almost half of Ontarians said their mental health has worsened since the pandemic began, and 1 in 4 Ontarians are now seeking help for their mental health needs.

“Everything is not ok,” Schreiner said.

“The need for a mental health care system that is affordable, accessible, comprehensive, and easy to navigate has never been greater. And that’s exactly what our plan delivers.”

Schreiner’s mental health plan will:

  1. Significantly expand access to mental health and addiction care under OHIP.
  2. Increase mental health and addiction spending to 10% of our health budget.
  3. Develop a 3 digit (e.g. 7-1-1) dedicated crisis response line and health-focused crisis response teams to respond to mental health and substance related calls.
  4. Reduce waitlists to 30 days or less for children’s mental health services.
  5. Support Indigenous-led clinics and healing programs for mental health.
  6. Create a dedicated Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions.
  7. Decriminalize drug use, expand safe consumption sites, and shift funding from the justice system to healthcare.
  8. Build 60,000 permanent supportive housing spaces with wrap-around mental health and other supports.
  9. Enhance mental well-being with connected communities and expanded access to nature trails, parks and protected greenspace.
  10. Invest in more Youth Wellness Hubs and community centres that offer access to local mental health services, spaces for social interaction, and supports for families.
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