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“People of all ages have since felt the impacts of the virus, not only on their physical health, but also their mental health,” the senior officials said in a joint statement issued Thursday, coinciding with the Bell Let’s Talk campaign. “Mental health challenges can affect anyone, our family members, friends, and co-workers.”
They encouraged people to reach out to those who may be struggling with mental illness.
“By letting others know you care, you’re making the first important step in helping someone get the help and treatment they might need. Showing our love and support can make a huge difference. In some cases, it may even save a life.”
Ford said supporting those with mental health challenges is a “top priority” of his government, with plans to build “a fully connected mental health and addictions system across the province.”
The government has invested $176 million in annual funding for mental health care and $194 million in one-time emergency mental health and addictions funding in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our focus will always be on finding more ways to support the specific mental health needs of all Ontarians, including children and youth, those suffering from an addiction or in need of supportive housing, and Indigenous peoples living in both remote and urban centres across the province.”
The officials encouraged everyone on Bell Let’s Talk Day to “get involved, speak out and help break the stigma around mental health. Together, let’s continue to build a province where everyone can be fully supported on their journey to mental wellness.”
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