Ontario is continuing to improve access to mental health and addictions services by expanding psychotherapy programs across the province, which will support more than 100,000 people with conditions such as anxiety and depression.
Marking the beginning of Mental Illness Awareness Week, Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, made the announcement at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto today, where the province is also celebrating the start of construction on the redevelopment of CAMH's Queen West site. The CAMH redevelopment involves the construction of 655,000 square feet of new space, which will include 235 inpatient beds, an emergency room open 24/7, research and education facilities, as well as parks and retail space within the surrounding neighbourhood.
As part of Ontario's commitment to develop a provincewide, publicly funded psychotherapy program, the government is investing in the following proven programs, which will help more than 100,000 people treat mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression:
These programs will roll out across the province over the next three years. People can access these programs and other mental health supports by speaking to their primary care provider, visiting their local community mental health and addictions centre, or by contacting ConnexOntario.
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“This exciting next step in the redevelopment of CAMH is an example of our government's commitment to improving access to high-quality mental health supports. CAMH is a nationwide leader in the mental health sector, and our government is proud to support this project which will enhance CAMH's ability to support people in our community.”
“Structured psychotherapy is an evidence-based, life-saving treatment for illnesses such as anxiety and depression. Public funding for this intervention is a major milestone toward ensuring that people with mental illness receive just and equitable access to the health care they deserve.”
Dr. Catherine Zahn
“The programs announced today can help the thousands of Ontarians who struggle daily with mild to moderate depression and anxiety, giving them the tools to boost their mood and improve their health and happiness.”
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