Ontario Liberal Plan Includes Rebuilding CAMH Centre
TORONTO, Sept. 23, 2011 /CNW/ - Ontario Liberals are making mental
health — particularly children's mental health — a priority, Premier
Dalton McGuinty says.
"Mental health affects one in five people in Ontario, which in turn
touches their friends, fellow workers and families. So it's really an
issue for all of us, which is why Ontario Liberals have a comprehensive
plan, starting with our kids," McGuinty said.
The Premier made his comments at a visit to CAMH today, where he thanked
front-line mental health workers for their hard work with Ontario kids
and families. He outlined the Ontario Liberals' comprehensive strategy
for mental health issues, and how it will help 50,000 young people in
Ontario — as well as their families.
The new strategy will:
Place mental health workers and expert nurses in schools and the youth
Add more short-term and crisis help.
Expand video counselling services for kids in remote areas who can't
travel easily to appointments.
Introduce culturally-appropriate help for Aboriginal communities.
Boost help for young people making the often-challenging transition from
secondary to postsecondary school.
"This is great news. We've not seen anything like this in decades … you
would have to go back to the Davis government to find investments into
children's mental health in this way," said Gordon Floyd, President and
CEO, Children's Mental Health, Ontario.
McGuinty also told how Ontario Liberals are helping with the CAMH Queen
Street Redevelopment Project. The three-phase project, now underway on
Queen Street West, will let clinicians, researchers, educators,
health-care students, and health-promotion experts work and learn
together at one site. It also brings services closer to where people
live, with more outpatient services and community outreach.
"We're moving forward, together for healthier Ontario communities, and
that includes helping our kids and families with mental health issues
they may face," McGuinty said.
ONTARIO LIBERALS' MENTAL HEALTH STRATEGY AND CAMH REDEVELOPMENT
Ontario Liberals are making mental health — particularly children's
mental health — a real priority.
Dealing with mental health issues is important for everyone — as many as
one in five people in Ontario will struggle with mental health in their
lifetimes. This affects not only them, but their friends, fellow
workers and families — so it's an issue that can reach all of us.
Ontario Liberals are taking a comprehensive approach, starting with
investing in our kids. Focusing on children's mental health will touch
the lives of 50,000 young people in Ontario.
Our goal is simple — to make it easier and faster for families to get
help with mental health challenges, when they need the service and as
close to home as possible. We will follow up by focusing on prevention,
early identification and services for adults.
We're also helping with new facilities, for example, helping with the
capital funding for redeveloping the Centre for Addiction and Mental
Health (CAMH) in Toronto.
ONTARIO LIBERAL PLAN
Ontario Liberals made it a priority to invest in children's mental
health over the next three years, in the 2011 budget. Details of the
plan were announced in June.
Kids and their families who face mental health issues need help
immediately. They can't afford to spend time on wait lists, and they
need comprehensive, professional support and follow-up.
Ontario Liberals' comprehensive approach helps all of us. According to
the Canadian Mental Health Association, mental health costs the
Canadian economy more than $51 billion each year. Every day, 500,000
Canadians are absent from work due to psychiatric problems.
CAMH reports that mental health is the number one cause of disability in
Canada, accounting for nearly 30 per cent of disability claims and 70
per cent of the total costs. The cost on our families and society is
arguably even greater. Early treatment is important because in 70 per
cent of cases, mental health problems strike people early in life, and
they affect individuals for a long time.
In June, the Ontario Liberal government released its Comprehensive
Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, which also speaks to the need to
expand our focus to adults.
Our plan will invest an additional $30 million each year, starting in
2014, to improve mental health services for adults. We'll work together
to bring forward the Comprehensive Strategy to improve mental health
prevention, identification and treatment for adults.
We've targeted three areas to support kids who need help too — fast
access to high-quality services, early identification and support, and
helping vulnerable kids with unique needs. Our plan includes:
Placing mental health workers and nurses with mental health expertise in
schools. This move alone benefits more than 9,000 kids - and it will
give teachers, social workers and other professionals the tools and
training to identify mental health issues early on.
More services such as short-term therapy and crisis intervention in
community agencies, to reduce wait lists and help 13,000 more kids.
Expanding video counselling services to rural, remote and underserved
communities to provide more kids with consultations with child
psychiatrists — to help kids who can't always travel long distances for
Providing culturally appropriate services to 4,000 more Aboriginal kids
by hiring new Aboriginal mental health workers.
Keeping 2,300 youth out of the justice system by adding more mental
health court workers who can refer them, instead, to community-based
services, such as clinical counselling.
Helping more than 16,000 youth making the often-challenging transition
from secondary to postsecondary school, by adding more mental health
workers on campuses in colleges and universities. Too often we take for
granted that this transition will be seamless — but often our young
people need help, and we'll be there.
SUPPORTING THE CAMH QUEEN STREET REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT
Ontario Liberals are supporting the construction of a 10-year,
three-phase project, now underway on Queen Street West.
The new CAMH will let clinicians, researchers, educators, health-care
students, and health-promotion experts work and learn together at one
site. It also brings services closer to where people live, with more
outpatient services and outreach.
The redeveloped CAMH is in sync with the community and with Ontario
Liberals approach to improving health care and addressing mental health
WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID
"Only the Liberals included a commitment to increase mental health
services, particularly for children, in their election platform."
Toronto Star editorial, September 17, 2011
Only the Ontario Liberals have a plan for meeting the challenge of
mental health, and for moving Ontario. Forward. Together.
SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party
For further information:
Ontario Liberal Party Media Office:
416 961-3800 ext. 328