TORONTO, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - The next phase of a consultation on human
rights and mental health begins Thursday February 3rd. The Ontario
Human Rights Commission (OHRC) will meet with people with mental health
disabilities and addictions, employers and housing and service
providers to discuss human rights and mental health-related issues.
People with mental health disabilities and addictions, employers,
housing and service providers, advocates and supporters will gather at
Ryerson University in Toronto to talk about breaking down the barriers
people with mental health issues may face and how those barriers could
"Employers, housing and service providers have a legal duty, under the
Human Rights Code not to discriminate against people with mental health
disabilities and addictions," said Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall.
"We're here to talk about ways to prevent these types of human rights
violations, as well as how to deal with them effectively when they do
The OHRC will use information from the February 3rd session and material
collected from survey submissions, roundtable discussions with people
with mental health disabilities and addictions, and focus groups to
create a policy on human rights and mental health.
Consultation events will also be held in Windsor and Ottawa before
wrapping up in North Bay at the end of March.
More information, including the consultation paper on human rights and mental health and the consultation surveys are
available on the OHRC's website at www.ohrc.on.ca.
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SOURCE Ontario Human Rights Commission
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