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 be removed.

"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 happen."

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

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SOURCE Ontario Human Rights Commission

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