May 6, 2019
Addictions and Mental Health Ontario is pleased to participate in Mental Health Week from May 6 to 12. We are excited to help move the dial towards a better mental health system in Ontario.
“Mental Health Week is an opportunity to encourage those struggling with their mental health or an addiction to share their stories and advocate for additional support and services in Ontario” said Adrienne Spafford, CEO of Addictions and Mental Health Ontario.
Every year, one in five Canadians will experience an addiction or mental illness. Yet as many as one third of them are not getting the help they need, or having their needs only partially met. Many Ontarians who do reach out for help often wait far too long for support and services.
We know that by helping people get the treatment they need through local community services, we can reduce wait times, allow for early intervention to avoid crises and provide Ontarians with the support they need without having to go to a hospital emergency department. That is why, when we talk about mental health this week it is also important that we talk about what we can be doing to ensure that supports and services are available for Ontarians when and where they need them most.
“As advocates we encourage others to share their stories this week in the hope that we can learn from other experiences to build a better mental health and addicton system for all Ontarians. This year, I have decided to personally take part in Mental Health Week by sharing my story” said Adrienne Spafford.