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Ontario Hiring More Mental Health Workers for Children and Youth

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Ontario Hiring More Mental Health Workers for Children and Youth

Investing $6 Million to Support Early Intervention

Ontario is investing $6 million in local mental health services to help an estimated additional 4,000 children and youth, and their families each year.

Approximately one in five children and youth in Ontario experience a mental health challenge. About 70 per cent of mental health challenges have their onset in childhood or youth. Early identification and intervention can lead to improved achievement in school and better health outcomes in life.

With this investment, approximately 80 new child and youth mental health workers are being hired to provide local mental health services, including early identification and intervention, crisis services, counselling and supports for families.

Lead agencies for child and youth mental health led local planning for the additional $6 million in funding supports, in 33 service areas across Ontario. This funding has been allocated to, and supports the work of, local, community-based, mental health services for children and youth. Lead agencies work directly with schools, hospitals, and other community partners to make sure mental health services meet the needs of those who need them, close to home.

Every child and youth deserves the opportunity to thrive and have the best possible start in life. Increasing mental health supports for children and youth is one way Ontario is working to support families and create positive environments so all of our children and youth can reach their full potential.

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“The new funding will help address and tailor services to local needs. Ontario’s vision is to provide services when and where they are needed – right in the community.”

Tracy MacCharles

Ontario Minister of Children and Youth Services

“Today’s announcement demonstrates the level of ongoing commitment being made to Ontario’s children and youth dealing with mental health challenges. Investment means service agencies can build their capacity and ensure equitable access to mental health services in our communities.”

Claire Fainer

Executive Director, East Metro Youth Services

“As a mom to children who have accessed mental health supports in Ontario, this announcement means a great deal to me. It is wonderful to see the government’s focus and commitment to helping families and kids who are struggling with mental health challenges.”

Alexandra Johne

Parent with lived experience

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