Mental Health Week
May 1 to 7 2017
Ontario’s community addictions and mental health organizations are marking Mental Health Week 2017 by launching their “It’s Time to Act” campaign.
This year’s Mental Health Week runs May 1-7, 2017.
“It’s Time to Act” calls on Ontario to prioritize mental health and addiction by taking steps towards establishing a comprehensive and accessible mental health system in our province.
Throughout Mental Health Week, the campaign will provide timely and relevant updates through social media posts, news stories and updates from the 220 member organizations of Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO). People can receive social media updates by following #time2act and #MHW2017 on Twitter and Facebook.
Mental health and addictions impact everyone
The campaign emphasizes that mental health and addiction problems affect every part of Ontario’s society – our families, our communities and our economy. Ontarians of every age, from children to seniors, are affected. Young people aged 15-to-24 are particularly vulnerable. Recent statistics report that 500,000 Canadians will miss work this week because of mental health or addiction problems.
Too many Ontarians cannot get help
It’s time to act. In Ontario, one-third of those with mental health and addiction problems cannot access the help they need.
Since 2008-2009, there’s been a 50 percent increase in hospitalizations of children and youth with mental health challenges. Over the past five years, repeat emergency room visits within 30 days for substance use have increased by 20 percent and for mental health by 9 percent.
AMHO and our members are committed to working with the government to identify priority areas such as reducing waiting times, addressing addiction and mental illness among children and youth, and improving supportive housing.
Progress made in 2017
Together we have already seen significant progress in 2017.
These are encouraging steps forward and we hope the momentum will continue.
Canada still trails other countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia and France. Those countries spend over 10 percent of their health care budgets providing mental health and addiction services and supports. Ontario currently spends less than 7 percent.
What you can do to inspire action
Getting involved is easy. The options are right at your fingertips: