My last blog was titled “Keep Talking” and this one is Keep Listening for a reason;  I just live streamed a presentation by our Minister of Health and Long Term Care, Dr. Eric Hoskins who has committed to :

  • More access to therapy to help thousands of people living with conditions like anxiety and depression learn strategies to improve their mental health and be more successful in their daily lives.
  • Up to nine hubs where young people aged 12 to 25 can receive walk-in, one-stop access to mental health and addictions services, as well as other health, social and employment supports under one roof.
  • Up to 1,150 additional supportive housing units across Ontario for people living with mental illness and addictions, especially those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

These investments of $140 million in three years are necessary to maintain some relief for the hundreds of individuals in Niagara that are living with mental illness. The supportive housing initiative should have a direct impact on our services, depending how the new supportive housing units are distributed.

These initiatives were strongly advocated by the Executive Director of CMHA Ontario.

I applaud the minister for his initiatives and thank him for continuing to listen, and I urge our Federal government to keep listening for the release of additional dollars to mental health.

— George Kurzawa