A mental health and addictions system in crisis

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Ontario’s mental health and addictions system is in crisis. Lengthy wait times, fragmented and inadequate services, chronic underfunding and inaccessible treatments and supports mean people and families affected by schizophrenia and psychosis are not getting the help they need.

Schizophrenia and psychosis can affect anyone, regardless of culture, race, socioeconomic status or gender. In fact, about three out of every 100 hundred people will experience an episode of psychosis, affecting how one thinks, feels and behaves and though experiences vary, one’s ability to distinguish what is real from what is not. Psychosis is a symptom of some mental illnesses including schizophrenia, which affects about one in one hundred people.

Access to timely treatments and supports can help people with these mental health issues live full and healthy lives.

Mental health is at a tipping point. Urge the province to take accountability.

To ensure every Ontarian’s right to access evidence-based mental health care, SSO is calling on the province to:

  • Follow the recommendations of the Mental Health Commission of Canada and commit to investing 9% of the healthcare budget towards mental health.
  • Ensure that this investment, and Health Accord funding, target much-needed treatments and supports for people with schizophrenia and psychosis and their families.

This election, make schizophrenia and psychosis relevant so the nearly 141,000 Ontarians affected by these illnesses can get the help they need.

The time for change is now.