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New Funding for Mental Health Services Welcome News for Ontarians – Dr. Joseph De Leo

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Dr. Joseph De Leo is the Lead Psychologist for Altum Health at UHN (University Health Network)

The Ontario government recently announced an effort to invest funding for Mental Health services. The funding will broaden access to effective treatments for many Ontarians who are in dire need of these vital services.

The news is especially important in light of the prevalence of mental illness and addiction in Canada. Nearly 1 in 5 Canadians experience mental illness and/or addictions. By age 40, nearly half of Canadians are impacted by a mental health condition.

The announcement is an important step in acknowledging the growing need for mental health services. Increased funding creates a positive impact on the lives of Ontarians, whether directly or in their relationship with loved ones. Furthermore, it supports the general health of the broader communities in which we live and work.

As a mental health professional, I look forward to contributing to initiatives that foster active collaboration and partnerships within the community. This includes finding new ways to enhance mental health services in Ontario by leveraging technology.

On behalf of Altum Health, thank you to all who work to serve those impacted by mental health issues. We will endeavour to work closely with one another to alleviate human suffering and encourage growth and healing.

Funding Mental Health Services By the Numbers

  • The government will invest $20 million in 2020 to launch Mindability.
  • Mindability is like OHIP with no out-of-pocket costs for patients. It will roll out starting in spring 2020 with further expansion planned in the fall.
  • $3.8 billion invested over 10 years to create new services as well as expand programs.
  • $174 million funding for mental health and addictions programs in 2019-20.
  • In addition, the government is listening to clients, caregivers and sector experts including discussion sessions in communities across the province.

Read the full press release here.

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