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Joint Statement by the Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions on Mental Illness Awareness Week

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Joint Statement by the Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions on Mental Illness Awareness Week

Ministry of Health

Today, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, issued the following statement on Mental Illness Awareness Week:

"Every year, 2.5 million Ontarians experience mental health and addictions challenges. Most of us know friends, family members or colleagues that face these challenges, which can have a serious impact on a person's quality of life. Mental health is a significant health concern in our province, across Canada, and around the world.

This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week in Canada, which coincides with World Mental Health Day focusing on suicide prevention on October 10. It's an opportunity for us to come together to raise awareness about mental health and suicide and to learn more about prevention, resources and community-based supports. 

We know how important it is for Ontario families to feel supported throughout their mental health journey by ensuring that services are there to support them, when and where they need them. Our government is making mental health a priority and will invest $3.8 billion over 10 years to build a mental health and addictions system where high-quality services are easier to find and focused on better outcomes for all Ontarians.

By working together, we can better support Ontarians facing mental health and addictions challenges and help prevent suicides. Our government has consulted with hundreds of mental health organizations, frontline staff providing services, hospitals, advocates, experts and people with lived experience to develop a plan to improve mental health services in Ontario. We're continuing to invest more in these important services and we'll continue to listen to the people who are impacted the most.  

During this week, we are encouraging all Ontarians to learn more about mental health and join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #MIAW19 to raise awareness and reduce stigma."

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