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24 January, 2017

Keep Talking

2017-01-24T15:52:41+00:00 Categories: Campaign, Mindful Musings (Executive Director)|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Bell’s Let’s Talk campaign encourages people to "start the conversation" about mental health. Talking about the stigma of mental health helps us realize how prevalent these issues are and what we need to do to change society, and we are changing society. Talk does lead to action. Since the launch in 2010, Bell Let’s Talk Day has engaged thousands of Canadians in this dialogue. I see this dialogue continued at all levels. At the policy level, the Federal government has recommended specific mental health funding in the transfer of payments to the provinces. Provincially CMHA Ontario has specifically proposed increases [...]

14 December, 2016

How far can we stretch?

2017-01-04T09:57:41+00:00 Categories: Mindful Musings (Executive Director)|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The 2017-2018 provincial budget consultations have begun. One of the key issues for our sector, not surprisingly, is funding. We are used to stretching resources but the rubber band will snap back on us soon if the government doesn’t treat the issue seriously. In a ten year review for the Niagara branch, the cumulative Consumer Price Index increase was 20.08%, while over those ten years our major funder, the HNHB LHIN, provided cumulative base budget increases of 10.32%. Resources shrinking at that rate implicate dire consequences for us and other agencies in the same situation. In a recent local survey, [...]

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